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The Closest Church / Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects

The Closest Church / Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects
Gimpo-si, South Korea
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2328
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Photographs Photographs:  Kyungsub Shin
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: KCC, Eagon

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  • Architect In Charge:Heesoo Kwak
  • City:Gimpo-si
  • Country:South Korea
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Text description provided by the architects. Buildings of the Gimpo new town, where everything looks as new, clean and as fresh as fishes caught in a milk bottle. Well-structured roads and districts look like a checkerboard that has never been used. Through local communities, this place is where ordinary lives and sentiments have just started to settle down and will attempt to engage with different urban cultures and establish its own identity.


The closest church is sitting on a corner site of Unyang-dong, Gimpo. Words like corner, edge and vertex connote the existence of more than one line or surface. The church has a façade divided by two conflicting with each other at the vertex of the site. One is a solid and fragmented concrete, proposed by considering the relationship with apartment residents, and the other is a transparent glass that opens views to the vast park and also to the church’s worship services. The chapel structured like the bleachers is designed to increase the capacity of the space built on a compact site. Small rooms are positioned behind of the inclined surface of the bleachers and on the top section of it so that the church can make the best use of its space. Especially, the outside stairs connecting the ground and the rooftop works as an important element defining the exterior of church, and the vivid movement of its users makes the church’s architectural statement more dynamic. The rooftop space which can host outdoor worship services is open for church communities as well as for locals.

©  Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

The closest church is a place of worship, a cultural venue and public architecture for the local apartment community which was being choked by commercialism. A rooftop cross can’t be found here, but here the cross is leaning on the wall and speaking with a humble voice. Big resonance stirs among listeners rather than among speakers who deliver a moving story, and the sublimity dwells in intimacy not in hierarchy. The cross descended onto the earth will cast a shadow like a shaded tree and will share a story of life with people on the street.

©  Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

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Address:Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

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Cite: "The Closest Church / Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects" 21 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/867358/the-closest-church-heesoo-kwak-and-idmm-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
©  Kyungsub Shin

最亲和的教堂/ Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects

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