The Frate Sole Foundation has announced the top 10 projects in the running for the International Prize of Sacred Architecture to be awarded this year.
These were chosen among 114 submissions, from 33 countries, who built chapels or churches within the last decade.
This year, Italy had the most number of participating design studios from one country with 21 entries. Followed by Germany and Spain with 14 entries each.
Among this year's finalists, designs focused on creating spaces that emphasized simplicity, a synthesis between nature and the surrounding built environment, inner quietness and a spiritual refuge amidst a world of information overload.
The winner of the International Prize of Sacred Architecture will be selected and announced by the end of this month.
The Frate Sole Foundation aims to become an international benchmark for research on contemporary churches, promoting awareness on the significance of the “built church” and sacred architecture in the context of society and culture.