Perhaps in an effort to challenge that notion, a new project from UK-based firm Denizen Works seeks to posit not only a new, functional aesthetic for a place of worship but also one that eschews the traditional concept of real estate as well.
The Hackney-based architecture studio developed the design in collaboration with boatbuilder Turks, sailmaker Jeckells and yacht specialists Tucker Designs, after winning a competition for the project at the start of 2017.
The structure will be able to wind its way through London’s canals to reach more of the community.
The project is still in the process of securing funds, but construction is slated to begin in March 2018 in the hopes of Floating Church’s maiden voyage taking place before the end of the year.
The Floating Church is designed to journey through London’s canal network to reach Christian worshippers.