The Wall Street Journal has an article that touches on the function of architecture in creating churches (worship-spaces?) written by an architectural critic.
What makes a church sacred? Until the Reformation, the standard answer was its consecration as a house of God. Since Vatican II and the cultural ferment of the 1960s, Catholic and Protestant reformers alike have subscribed to the notion that churches are merely functional settings, whether for celebrating liturgical rites or hearing the Word.