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Site Area 1200m2
Floor Area 280m2
Status Built 2011
Design Architect O Studio Architects
Project Architect Guangzhou Architectural Engineering Design Institute
Structure Consultant Guangzhou Architectural Engineering Design Institute
M&E Consultant Guangzhou Architectural Engineering Design Institute
Main Contractor Maoming Construction Group Co. Ltd.
Taoist Mountains in China. Although there are various kinds of Taoist and Buddhist
temples in this district, western religious element has not yet been found. Besides
developing private houses, the client in this project intends to develop a small church
for the surrounding village people in order to widen the spectrum of religious culture.
This church provides not only worship and meditation space for Christians, but also
recreational and gathering places for the surrounding village people. Instead of
promoting Christian religion actively and aggressively, the message of religion is
communicated subtly through the play of light and shadow in this architecture.
of 280m2 and can accommodate 60 people. The design concept is triggered by the form of
a seed – a famous metaphorical element in the Gospel stories. A curve line follows the
outline of a seed and marks the enclosing wall element. The curve is then split into
three parts, and three entries are formed at where the curve wall splits: the south
east facing wall has a cross shape opening which introduces morning sun into the
interior; the west facing wall is solid and blocking the afternoon sun; the north
facing wall is thicken to accommodate toilet facility. The stepping roof terrace allows
diffuse northern daylight into the interior and provides a dramatic headroom increment
(3 – 12 meters) from the main entrance towards the worshiping space. Visitors can walk
up to the stepping roof terrace, arrive at the observation deck and enjoy the distant
view of mountain and water.
structure is constructed by in-situ concrete with bamboo formworks. In-situ concrete
construction is economically sound and practical for local builders. The bamboo texture
left on the concrete surface reduces the massiveness of concrete wall and harmonizes
with the surrounding trees and green landscape. Plus the transparent windows and doors,
and the handmade bamboo furniture by local farmers, the presence of the church is
humble and close to village life.
literally illustrate its image. The abstract form and space of the church is conveyed
through the play of light, shadow, material and texture. This is not a piece of
architecture which purely celebrates its sculptural form, but a building which respects
the natural environment and local culture.
种子开始 – 种子既是圣经福音书中的闻名比喻，亦象征着生命的开端及大自然的奥妙。平面图以