This Chamber Church in China combines religion and architecture in one structure
The Chamber Church in Qingdao, China is nothing like your average church. Büro Ziyu Zhuang’s architects have done an outstanding job merging a religious experience with an aesthetic one to construct a unique and distinctive structure.
The Chamber Church in Qingdao, China is nothing like your average church. Büro Ziyu
Zhuang’s architects have done an outstanding job merging a religious experience with an
aesthetic one to construct a unique and distinctive structure.
To incorporate a sense of modernity within the work, both its plan and sections. The pure shape
that outlines the building still elicits the traditional church form; however, its facade integrates a
series of slices that create an impressionable visual illusion depending on where the observer is
positioned. Nonetheless, viewers might be surprised to notice the absence of decorative
elements but will still be able to take a look at classical components such the bell tower with
spire and rose window, the cascading interior arches, and the Basilica layout.
An artificial lake and water feature steps which form a stage-like formation also surround the
premises to create more privacy while the vast space of the plaza increases the spiritual aspect
of the project by forming a visual base.
The interior of this modern church and its bright cavernous structure recalls the original caves
that were typically used as shelters and in which rituals and sacred ceremonies took place. In
addition, the play of light is intended to give the space a sense of divinity, an ethereal quality
that was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting “Virgin of the Rock” which focuses
on a sheltered space that reflects pure light and in which any person can feel the love of
creation for all beings.
All in all, the 770.91 sqm area is a place of worship that should definitely be on your places
to visit list next time you’re in the Qingdao region.
- date publishedMay 3, 2022
- original sourceIQD