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Madrid’s avant-garde Iglesia Santa Monica

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The new Santa Monica church in Madrid, designed by Vicens + Ramos, brings a fresh form to an ancient function.

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With religious attendance in Spain at around 21 per cent, building a new church may seem like a losing gamble. Nonetheless, Santa Monica’s whimsical design invites curious passers-by to step inside.

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Inside, contemporary pieces by local artists serve to inspire worshippers.

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Built on a long, narrow site, the building features a Corten exterior and multiple skylights.

All photos by Wojtek Gurak from Flickr (cc).

Lauren Miles is editor of OpenCity Projects.

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