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The Importance of Religious Symbolism in Architecture

Case Study: Martin Luther College – Chapel of the Christ

Buildings that connect the human experience to faith are special places. Accomplished ‘architecture’ works on many levels of perception simultaneously to offer a richer experience to the occupant. Religious architecture offers a unique opportunity to inspire, lift spirits, and subtly teach the faithful and those seeking faith.

Chapel of the Christ on the Martin Luther College campus embodies the Christian Faith through architecture. Expressed volumetrically as a soaring cross within an octagonal form, the design of Martin Luther College’s Chapel of the Christ is profoundly symbolic.

In this whitepaper, learn how PRA integrated religious symbolism into the Chapel and the major considerations that influenced design decisions.