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Religious Projects by The Piligian Architectural Group

Saint Philip Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
Souderton, Pennsylvania

The Modular Orthodox Mission Church

One of the major challenges facing a new mission church is, of course, funding. The cost of new ground-up construction can be overwhelming and discouraging to the congregation. In an effort to lessen this burden, we have developed a small church building, accommodating approximately 50 people, using a modular hybrid construction approach. 

Modular construction is used in many types of applications, residential, schools, retail, and restaurants. It consists of building sections prefabricated in a factory then shipped and assembled on the site. The most basic form of modular construction is a box - walls, floor and ceiling/roof.  While this is does not fit the Byzantine architectural style that we ultimately want, it is a good starting point for our mission church.

A hybrid is a blend of different types of construction. Here we are referring to modular construction for the walls and floor assemblies. Again, these would be factory assembled and delivered to the site. The roof for this hybrid would be wood trusses installed on the site and integrated with the modular components.

Please contact us for more information regarding our modular Orthodox Mission Church. 


Byzantine Church Studies

When it comes to architecture, nothing expresses the Orthodox faith more than the church's dome. It is always the central and most predominant element. The dome also reveals much about the congregation and its heritage. Beginning in Constantinople and radiating out the dome was adopted and embraced by Orthodox Christianity. This expansion resulted in adaptations and modifications to the shape and construction. 


While there are always exceptions to the rule, generally the onion shape is associated with Russia. This shape was used to accommodate the heavier snow loads. The Greek domes tend to be more rounded while sitting on a drum or with dormers for the upper windows. Armenian and Syrian examples express more verticality, straighter lines and a cone shaped exterior.


Throughout history and for many years to come, the dome will help to identify and express the beauty of the Orthodox faith. Below are several design studies of churches in the traditional Byzantine style.


Cross-In-Square Plan

The Cross-In-Square plan is one of the most common church designs throughout the history of Christianity. This floor plan is very easily adapted to smaller sites and even private chapels


Cross Plan

The Cross plan is probably the most preferred design for Orthodox churches today. The expression of the Precious and Life Giving Cross as the base floor plan reminds all that as Christians we are saved by the Cross of Christ. 


Ship Plan

The Ship plan represents the Church’s guidance through the stormy seas of life. The Church is the ship with Christ as the captain.

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