Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 6, No 3 (2014)

Spatial Narrative as Feature of Singularity in Sacral Architecture

Gytis Oržikauskas (Lithuania)


The paper analyses architectural compositions of various religious complexes – historical and contemporary – apart from their stylistic features. The most prominent ensembles under analysis have one noticeably common feature – spatial narrative. The foreseen sequence of forms of experience and spatial structure tell different religious narratives depending on which different aspects of faith were actualized in a given period. The analyzed examples stand in proof that suggestibility of religious aspects in sacral architecture are inseparable from their artistic suggestibility aspects. In some cases, these aspects are less related to architectural stylistic means, but have a direct connection to such components of architectural compositions as foreseen sequence of a visitor’s experience and semantics of particular forms, i.e. architectural narrative, which is achieved not only through the means of perception of space, but also by the relationship to social and cultural meanings and subtext of architecture.

Article in: English

Article published: 2014-05-22

Keyword(s): spatial narrative, analysis of structure, sacral religious architecture, contemporary and historical architecture.

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2014.38

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Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis ISSN 2029-2341, eISSN 2029-2252
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