The architecture of churches, cathedrals and other temples of worship has always amazed, pleased and even baffled and outraged people.
And it has always been closely linked to artistic expression, think for exmaple of Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, which has both its admirers and detractors.
In many cases chruch arctitecture has also pushed the boundaries of structural engineering. The Spire of Hope in Belfast is one such example, a stainless steel illuminated spire instead of the usual bricks, slates, copper . I only just found out about this today, the article is from almost exactly a year ago.
I'd like to see more of this kind of modern interpretation of churches. Because I must say, as much as I adore old churhces, ecclesiastical architecture has been rather stale now for the last few decades. Here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni/2007/04/inspired_or_just_needled.html