The Wall

Snug are delighted to be one of the five shortlisted designs for The Wall, an international RIBA competition to build a national Christian monument to answered prayer. 

Our entry seeks to create a place where believers can gather to pray. More than that, we have sought to create a living wall, alive with the prayers of those who will visit the structure and those whose prayers are tweeted, triggering a multitude of lights that transform the wall into a physical embodiment of the life in the Church.

Our concept is for a wall made of 1 million bricks, donated from across the regions. Together they form a powerful reminder of our unity, one in Christ, forming a single continuous surface without end. We achieve this through the use of a Möbius strip, creating a continuous loop of wall that allows visitors to process through a triumphant arch, the gate beautiful, before encircling the wall. Bricks are arranged to represent prayers of praise, confession, supplication, etc. At the centre is space for many thousands to gather, and we believe, become host to great gatherings of the faithful.

Although beautifully simple and pure in form, it’s twisting arch will rise dramatically but in harmony with Britain’s rolling landscape. It is both gentle and dynamic, secure yet open and inviting. Its form focuses up, in and out. We hope it will not only represent one million answered prayers but also inspire future generations to pray.