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AD Classics: Luce Memorial Chapel / I.M. Pei

AD Classics: Luce Memorial Chapel / I.M. Pei
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From the architect. Named after an American missionary of the late 19th century, the Luce Memorial Chapel was added to the campus of Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. It was designed by Chen Chi-Kwan, an artist and architect, in collaboration with the infamous architect I.M. Pei.

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Initially beginning in April of 1954, the construction of the Luce Memorial Chapel took place from September 1962 until November 1963. Upon culmination of the construction period, the Chapel ended up costing the university around $125,000 total.

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Set on an irregular hexagonal base, the chapel occupies a site of 12,000 square meters of the campus, providing 477 square meters of floor area, including a nave with 500 seats, a chancel and robing rooms. The four manipulated planes that make up the walls of the church stretch 19.2m high, establishing a central focal landmark on the campus.

I.M. Pei was careful to design specific to the environmental context of Taiwan, with walls made of reinforced concrete to provide earthquake stability and durability in the humid and typhoon-prone environment. Construction of the intricate and elaborate formwork was done locally by craftsmen. 

To work with the desired form, ribs reinforced the curvature of the surfaces and thicken as they descend, in order to prevent buckling of the materials.

The exterior of the chapel is covered in glazed diamond-shaped tiles that stand out against the sky and green backdrop of the university.

The interior reflects similar diamond shapes, as the concrete coffers become thicker and the shapes gradually diminish in size as they near the bottom of the structure, since stresses are concentrated near the ground.

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The upward extending swoop of the walls culminates in a steel cross, which marks the chapel as a sanctuary for students and professors of the university.

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The walls seem to stand independently of each other, but are actually connected by glazed slots and by small structural bow ties that are cast into the high ridge beams at the top near the ceiling.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Megan Sveiven. "AD Classics: Luce Memorial Chapel / I.M. Pei" 14 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/95708/ad-classics-luce-memorial-chapel-i-m-pei/>
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Jordi Noguera · April 05, 2012

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John W · December 28, 2010

Chen Chi-Kwan actually did most of the design and construction. it's just that IM Pei is too famous so even he did so little, he still be remembered. and look at the design, it's nothing like Pei's in any period.

Frans Pijpers · December 19, 2010

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BUILDblog · December 18, 2010

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URBAIN trop URBAIN · December 16, 2010

Visiter un classique architectural: la chapelle à Taïwan par I.M. Pei http://ow.ly/3pruc

Devin Givner · December 16, 2010

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Tha · December 16, 2010
drew · December 16, 2010

wait, 12,000 square meters?

drew · December 16, 2010

wait, 12,000 square meters? thats quite large compared to what I see here.

suzique · December 16, 2010 09:46 PM

12,000 square meters of the campus

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Wow, that is a fantastic and elegant design. I also, have never seen it before. I love the materiality.

Great work!

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Nice form... reminds that architecture is romantic...

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I'd never come across this before either. Really interesting and elegant structure.

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Archer · December 15, 2010

...in collaboration with the "infamous" architect I.M. Pei.
Is it typo?

Andrew · December 15, 2010

This is rather refreshing and elegant for I.M. Pei. Given that is was constructed in the 60's it's a wonder why it was never studied in school. Nice find!

Trevdor · December 15, 2010

This is the first ADclassic I wasn't already generally familiar with, so thanks!

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