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Two things that (at least in the Western tradition) intuitively speak to us of 'sacred space' are verticality and repetition. Think the columns of a cathedral. But using thin, wooden timbers is a lovely way to enable a space to feel the same way in a more modern (and affordable!) idiom, and within a smaller area.
Witness the ski resort cafe, below, by Japanese studio Design Spirits, which feels startlingly church-like:
The project was a retrofit of an existing interior space, and was completed in just 45 days, which should be inspiration for any church congregation faced with refitting a secular space to sacred purpose.
(photos via dezeen)