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A Seed-Shaped Church on a Sacred Mountain in China

The O Studio Architects of Hong Kong just completed an elegantly curved concrete church in Huizhou, China.

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The model shows the very unique shape of the building, a sculptural form that encourages a climb.

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Bringing celebrants closer to the sky hints at a spiritual journey towards the heavens at Luofu Mountain Scenery District – one of the seven famous Taoist Mountains in China.

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This is the first Christian church in a sacred mountain site with Taoist and Buddhist temples.

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The inspirational architecture respects the natural environment and the more traditional local spiritual culture.

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Spirituality is subtly suggested through the simple and elemental play of light and shadow.

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The church has a shape like a seed – a metaphor much used in the New Testament.

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But the reference to nature means that it is also minimally intrusive in a land not traditionally christian.

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The main structure was molded by in-situ, in a sustainable building technique that is economical and practical for local builders.

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Wooden formwork for pouring concrete in-situ imparts a texture. But in this church, instead of planks of wood from far away trees, local bamboo was used for formwork.

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The bamboo texture left on the concrete surface by the bamboo form reduces the massiveness of the high concrete wall.

The unique bamboo pattern created makes a local reference to the surrounding trees and green landscape.

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Local farmers built the handmade bamboo furniture. Like the religious furniture of Quaker carpenters, the effect is humble and close to village life.

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2 Comments so far to “A Seed-Shaped Church on a Sacred Mountain in China”
  1. Design Indoor Says:

    This is unique church
    and beautiful scenery

  2. david Says:

    woowww… It is so great..very unique shape of the building… magnificent.. so beautiful church

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