Q. What do you get if you ask a communist atheist to build a cathedral?
A. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady Aparecida in Brasilia.
The late Oscar Niemeyer designed it and the foundation stone was laid in 1958, although I think it only opened in 1970. It is thought to be quite influential and I'm sure you may be able to think of other churches and cathedrals where this baleful influence is to be seen. It is unusual - perhaps even interesting - but is summons up some great secular and somehow temporary event space. What seems tragic to me is the abandonment of centuries of Christian models, hallowed as they are by being used for prayer and liturgy and therefore molded to become suitable to it, for a model "invented" by someone with no Christian instincts, in fact, someone whose life views have been inimical to Christianity.
What such churches have is certainly celebrity value - they stick in the mind. Not because they are beautiful but because they are strange, odd, peculiar They speak about themselves instead of their purpose.
I hope that it is just this sort of thing that Abbot Michael Zielinski, who leads a new office on liturgical arts at the Congregation for Divine Worship, has been chosen to do something about.
Before someone points it out, I note that the plans come from before the time of the Second Vatican Council. But, as others have noted, the revolutionary views that exploded through the Church after the Council - claiming to act in its name and spirit - did not spring from nowhere, they were already making themselves felt in the Church. I believe Pope Pius X had noticed them.