A new exhibition of secular and sacred architecture curated by the Architecture Foundation features a new building at Soulton.
The exhibition and one day festival looked at and discussed "the changing nature of sacred architecture in Britain through the presentation of 23 buildings designed in the past decade", and the exhibition itself was included in The Guardian's "photography, art and architecture picks for 2020"=
The show was previewed in the Church Times here, which said the barrow:
"[a]nswer[ed] a demand for spiritual expression among the growing section of British society that identifies with no specific faith... based on neolithic precedents.."
The Financial Times reviewed the show here (£), and said of the monument at Soulton:
Most esoteric of all, yet also strangely sympathetic, is the Soulton Long Barrow, a neo-neolithic mound of stone and earth designed to store the cremated remains of... any religion or none.
The the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, considered the barrow in an article called Faith buildings extend inclusivity in changing times, which noted:
"the walk through the landscape to the barrow is part of the memorial experience for those visiting... this process, combined with the ancient form of the barrow and the rituals the visitors choose to conduct, is deeply comforting both for those of faith and for those with none.."
Social media from the exhibition is below.
Staged in the newly refurbished undercroft of one of London’s greatest nineteenth century churches, Congregation will address the changing nature of sacred architecture in Britain through the presentation of 23 buildings designed in the past decade. . . 22 Feb - 07 March 2020 St Mary Magdalene More details at Architecture foundation.org.uk/congregation . . . Graphic design by @studiochristophervictor #exhibition #architecture #london #architecturemodels
All set; Congregation - An exhibition of secular and sacred architecture 22nd Feb - 7th March St Mary Magdalene W2 5TF @ibheritage @poetic_endings @theAliceRoberts @SoultonHall @ShropshireStar #architecture #liferituals pic.twitter.com/Mlp46haqEp— Sacred Stones Ltd (@SacredStonesLtd) February 21, 2020
Delivered! Exhibiting at St Mary Magdalene, Paddington thanks to Architecture Foundation. Secular & sacred architecture. #architecture #sacredstones #MondayMorning @The_Death_Show @poetic_endings @GreatFunerals @theAliceRoberts @ibheritage pic.twitter.com/W97g98Ht0i— Sacred Stones Ltd (@SacredStonesLtd) February 17, 2020
CONGREGATION— The AF (@ArchFoundation) January 17, 2020
22 Feb - 07 March 2020
A new exhibition of secular and sacred architecture curated by the Architecture Foundationhttps://t.co/zGs0w3rCxX#exhibition #london #architecturemodels pic.twitter.com/OrdByqKlMZ
Our upcoming exhibition Congregation, curated by Architecture Foundation, is in the Guardian's photography, art and architecture picks for 2020! Nice! Catch it from 22nd Febhttps://t.co/RYARz0LFYw @ArchFoundation— Grand Junction, London (@grandjunctionW2) January 24, 2020
Alain de Botton is headlining an afternoon of talks and debate on 29 Feb linked to Architecture Foundation's exhibition Congregation, in partnership with Grand Junction. Book here: https://t.co/biQJZvN9BQ @ArchFoundation @alaindebotton— Grand Junction, London (@grandjunctionW2) February 6, 2020
Congregation, exhibition by @ArchFoundation with @grandjunctionW2, opening 22/3 at St Mary Magdalene, Paddington @StMMandStP will “examine the way that social and economic pressures have changed the nature of faith spaces in the UK over the past decade.” https://t.co/ZiqFSTtzR4— Prof Laura Vaughan (@urban_formation) February 21, 2020
#congregation is a deeply absorbing and rewarding exhibition of recently designed sacred spaces - beautifully laid out in the crypt of the magnificent church of Mary Magdalene W2 and curated by the #AF Architecture Foundation— Rupert Christiansen (@Rupechri) February 24, 2020