With Soho undergoing rapid amounts of change, both physically and culturally, historical architecture linked to previous programs must change due to shifting circumstances. My project began with an in-depth look into the physicality of Soho from the past 400 years. Comparing various maps from 1690 to 1950, the most consistent architectural elements are those of religious places of worship, specifically Christian churches. Taking spatial elements and using a range of differing precedents from more modern buildings, I have designed a new kind of spiritual space that responds to contemporary social factors, like falling church attendance and the requirement for new community centres. Using the Sunday Assembly group as a main precedent and client, a new Atheist Church has been devised to exist within the site of Soho while responding to its historical and social context.
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