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  6. 2014
  7. JA Curve Church / ZIP Partners Architecture

JA Curve Church / ZIP Partners Architecture

  • 01:00 - 31 March, 2014
JA Curve Church / ZIP Partners Architecture
JA Curve Church / ZIP Partners Architecture, © Choi Hyuk-jae
© Choi Hyuk-jae

© Choi Hyuk-jae © Choi Hyuk-jae © Choi Hyuk-jae © Choi Hyuk-jae + 27

  • Design Team

    Im Sung-pil, Choi Min-wook
  • Structural Consultant

    G-One Structural ENG
  • Mechanical Consultant

    De-Tech Engineering
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Choi Hyuk-jae
© Choi Hyuk-jae

© Choi Hyuk-jae
© Choi Hyuk-jae

JA Curve Church is located in Jeju Island, which is one of the most beautiful islands in South Korea. The site is on the outskirts of Jeju Island and is surrounded by dense pine groves along with citrus groves. Natural beauty scenery and the convenient transportation of the location make the site a perfect place for the church. The concept is to introduce an ingenious architecture that would settle in harmoniously with the surrounding nature.

Section 1
Section 1

It is designed with a simple form that would accommodate various religious programs. 1st floor consists of an office space, kitchen facility, and a conference room for group gatherings. The outdoor stairs leads to a miniature garden then into a lobby and the main chapel, which are all located on the 2nd floor. Furthermore, it is inherent for religious sanctuaries to be applied with an austere form.

© Choi Hyuk-jae
© Choi Hyuk-jae

A change in scale can be experienced by transitioning from the outside (lowest) to the God’s space (highest) as the ceiling height of the lobby gradually increases from 2.4m to 9.5m. Also the delicacy in the continuous ceiling material contributes to a comfortable prayer space. As the curved ceiling reaches the highest peak, the natural light shines into the worshiping space while the curvature hides into the sky.

© Choi Hyuk-jae
© Choi Hyuk-jae

Jeju Island is a volcanic island, which the land chiefly consists of basalt and lava. The lifestyle and the perspective of the people have been shaped in relation to basalt. Therefore, basalt has been used for the foundation and the flooring material of the sanctuary. The application of white color on the exterior façade accentuates its curved form from the surrounding nature. Simple curvature has been emphasized with its hue—white.

The curved façade reveals the metaphor of the nature of Jeju Island. The smooth curves on the mountains in Jeju derived from the volcanic activities. The simple man-made curved form resembles the small mountains—Oreum—which can be found throughout the island.


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Cite: "JA Curve Church / ZIP Partners Architecture" 31 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/491275/ja-curve-church-zip-partners-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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