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Büro Ziyu Zhuang and RSAA Reimagine the Basilica With Modernized Church in China

Büro Ziyu Zhuang and RSAA Reimagine the Basilica With Modernized Church in China
Büro Ziyu Zhuang and RSAA Reimagine the Basilica With Modernized Church in China, Courtesy of RSAA
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Büro Ziyu Zhuang and RSAA has unveiled the design for its Zhangjiagang Church project, a community center and church complex in Zhangjiagang, China. Based around the idea of addressing current challenges of religion, the main church is separated from other functions, which are clustered in supporting buildings.

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The buildings of the community center form an open ring around the church, which is oriented directly east-west to preserve tradition and historic layouts. This arrangement furthermore shelters the church from the noise of the street, while allowing for the compound to still retain a strong connection with the neighboring lake.

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The church itself is a modern interpretation of a traditional basilica, with a curved interior formed between a series of exterior metal slices. These slices additionally provide the building with a strong sense of perspective, as the appearance of the church changes depending on the angle of one’s viewpoint.

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Supporting buildings on the northern side of the site house prayer and counseling spaces, with upper floors dedicated to church administration offices. The southern plaza is surrounded by the cafeteria, library, museum, and a smaller church.

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Learn more about the project here.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Ziyu Zhuang, Na Li, Yi Liu,Fabian Wieser, Dongdong Chen, Weihong Dong, Yubing Chen, Nan Zhou (Intern), lingwei Meng (Intern)
  • Area

    5706.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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News via RSAA.

Cite: Sabrina Santos. "Büro Ziyu Zhuang and RSAA Reimagine the Basilica With Modernized Church in China" 03 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/779718/rsaa-reimagines-the-basilica-with-modernized-church-in-china/>
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4 Comments

sav · January 05, 2016

Couldn't help but notice the lack of Chinese people in the renders.

James Lee · March 07, 2016 05:01 PM

They didn't win the race, but not for the lack of Chinese people in the renders.

ciudadano · January 04, 2016

I'm a bit apprehensive towards the contour lines / metal slices. How does the skin of the building relate or inform these lines? Apart from enveloping a voided volume such as the nave and its perspective - are they performing at an environmental, acoustical, or "metaphysical" level? Don't get me wrong - I have not yet developed a definite critique of the project, but the renders and drawings ask a lot of questions and provide little answers. Another level of detail or complexity would have made this project much more mature and enjoyable.

Rizky Muzakir · January 04, 2016

Interesting, a building that big in China usually has some retails or other business-related scheme.

James Lee · March 07, 2016 05:02 PM

They failed the race.

Rob Scott · January 03, 2016

I am still a little confused. Do these exterior metal slices prevent outdoor elements from entering the building? Or, is it so that the larger church is only for use when nature cooperates and the smaller is used when it does not?

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RSAA/庄子玉工作室在中国的现代教堂重构了巴西利卡式建筑