The Chamber Church aims to create a spatial container that both respects the past and looks towards the future. It shall provide a religious experience and secular touch. Looking backwards we find the archetypes of architectural associations in history. The design echoes the memories associated with them, but interprets them in a timeless modernity creating a sense of the future.
The architecture integrates this duality in plan and section.During the design process, we integrated different vernacular façade images of traditional churches.The derived base volume is then expressed through a series of slices, in order to reveal both the interaction of archetype and experiment, and the core issue associated with it: divinity and ritual.
The interior space of the assembly hall is a soft, flowing cavity that creates an interesting detachment from the sharp geometric exterior contours. This softness contrasts with the hardness of the exterior to create a visual interaction between the interior and exterior.
The 60 separate and gradual slices can be regarded as 60 independent sections.The sequential slices are introduced in a pure and modern way, whilst the gaps of the façade create various visual effects depending on the angle of the observer.Those gaps alsoallow the light to enter. Throughout the day, the changing angle of the sun, and its relation to the gaps, and interfaces create varying visual effects.
Taking advantage of the series of landscapes slopes that block the view behind the calm lake, we use that as a passive space to look at from inside the hall. In front of the church entrance, we create a "stage" to emphasize its central position.The landscape part of the exterior features an artificial lake to create privacy, while the open space of the plaza emphasizes the relation to the public.
Client: Sunac China Holdings Limited
Architectural and Interior Design: BUZZ/Büro Ziyu Zhuang
Principal Designer: Ziyu Zhuang, Fanshi Yu, Fabian Wieser, Na Li
Design Team: Mengzhao Xing, Jialin Song,Yingliu (Intern), Yi Liu, Dongdong Chen, Weihong Dong, Yubing Chen, Zhendong Chen, Di Tian, Ruoyi Song, Nan Zhou (Intern), Lingwei Meng (Intern)
Construction Drawings: Qingdao Tengyuan Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Construction: Qingdao Jiuan Construction Groups
Interior Construction Drawings: Gold Mantis Construction Decoration
Interior Construction: Ganghua International
Landscape Design: ASPECT Studios
Landscape Construction: Guangzhou Yayue Landscape Construction Co., Ltd
Structure Consultant: Hejie Architectural Consultant
Lighting Consultant: Puri Lighting Desgin (Fang Hu, Yanhui Li)
Curtain Wall Consultant: Forcitis
Steel Structure and Curtain Wall Construction: Shenyang Lidong Curtain Wall Decoration Co.,Ltd.
Main Materials: ALUCOBONDPLUS Aluminum Composite Material - ALUCOBOND, GRG-Beijing Yongxinsheng International Architecture and construction Co.,Ltd., Low-EGlass - Tianjin Nanbo Energy-saving Glass Co., Ltd.