Brooklyn-based architectural studio CAZA has designed a church in the Philippines defined by monolithic, white washed walls which reach to the sky. The design for the 100 Walls Church challenges what sacred spaces look like today.

Within the church, spaces are defined by walls, but no room is completely bound by them. Intentionally nebulous, each space oscillates from being partly contained to being loosely attached to something else. Each wall is placed in a singular direction so that the structure is completely opaque from one vantage and transparent from the opposite view. The church invites us to wander its grounds and discover sunken gardens, pockets of blue light, and an enigmatic profusion of talismanic walls. A multitude of doors and passages remind us that there are as many paths as there are lives, and that a sacred space today should draw out meaning in its inscrutability.

CAZA’s 100 Wall Church recently received a commendation at the Architectural Review’s 2015 Emerging Architecture Awards (2015 AR_EA) in late November 2015 by the jury, which consisted of Odile Decq (Director of Studio Odile Decq), David Adjaye (Principal at David Adjaye Associates), Sir Peter Cook (legendary founder of Archigram and Director at CRAB Studio) and Christine Murray (Editor of the Architectural Review).

CAZA’s founder Carlos Arnaiz will be joining Eleven as a jury member for SanFrancisco 2016: Tenderloin System Update architecture and ideas competition.


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Plan [Source: CAZA]
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Conceptual exploded axonometric showing the distinctive walls. [Source: CAZA]
Conceptual exploded axonometric showing the distinctive walls. [Source: CAZA]
Wall distribution diagram. [Source: CAZA]
Wall distribution diagram. [Source: CAZA]