What happens to churches whose religious residents have left? Often, they become a bit more secular. Here are some of the most gorgeous and surprising architectural afterlives for these houses of worship.
St. Jakobus Church, by Zecc Architects, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2007-2009
As the world secularizes, atheism goes on the rise, I see the increase in re-purposing increasingly empty buildings. The church I grew up in is at 1/4 capacity after years of priest sexual scandal and a spike in lapsed Catholicism, myself included. Always thought our old church would make a great community theater.