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Church of Seed / O Studio Architects

  • 01:00 - 11 July, 2012
Church of Seed / O Studio Architects
Church of Seed / O Studio Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Huizhou, Guangdong, China
  • Architects

    O Studio Architects
  • Site Area

    1,200 sqm
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

© Iwan Baan

Church of Seed is located at Luofu Mountain Scenery District - one of the seven famous 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 a worship and meditation space for Christians, but also a recreational and gathering place for the surrounding village people. The message of religious culture is communicated subtly through the play of light and shadow in this architecture.

© Fai Au

Situated within the beautiful landscape of Luofu Mountain, Church of Seed has an area 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.

© Fai Au

Church of Seed has a raw, natural and non-decorative material language. The main 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.

© Iwan Baan

Although a seed is the starting point of this design, the church does not intend to 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.

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