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Luoyuan Protestant Church

Place of Worship in China: New Building – design by INUCE Architecture Design Urbanism

26 Oct 2016

Luoyuan Protestant Church in China

Design: INUCE Architecture Design Urbanism

Location: Luoyuan City, China

Luoyuan Protestant Church

Luoyuan is a fast growing city by the coast of Fujian, a Chinese province famous for its tea production on terraced plantations, its Hakka ethnic minority and their distinct ring – shaped residential architecture, the so called Fujian-Tulou.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

Presently, the rural areas in Fujian are undergoing a dramatic process of urbanization, quickly washing away the vernacular settlements with their intense community life. Instead, giant residential high rise neighborhoods with isolated apartment units are built – a process resulting in generic cities without relation to local heritage.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

The Christian community of Luoyuan, composed of people of Hakka background, is building a new church with community facilities in the town’s recently planned residential district. Following the service-oriented model of Asian “Urban Churches”, intending to cater specifically for the needs of young parents with children expected to live in the area, a differentiated program was developed that includes service venues as well as community facilities.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

The challenges of this project lie in two aspects: Firstly, to integrate complex everyday requirements of a community center with the dignified presence of a place of worship. Secondly, to retain a sense of tradition and authenticity in an increasingly anonymous urban environment.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

The adopted design for Luoyuan Church represents a unifying solution to those challenges: It employs its basic organization principle from the Fujian-Tulou, having the churches’ facilities orbit around an enclosed courtyard, while a Garden Chapel in its midst allows for informal contemplation.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

The resulting building forms an embracing gesture inspiring religious and historical interpretations. It revives the traditional community life formerly inherent in the local vernacular architecture, creating a place where believers feel at home with their Christian fellows, a protected environment for their children to learn and play safely.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

At night Luoyuan Church reveals its second nature: The main service hall is enclosed by a double skin facade composed of stained-glass, reinterpreting this traditional Christian church element on a monumental scale.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

Once completed, it will constitute the largest stained-glass church façade in Asia and one of the largest in the world with over 1400sqm of stained glass. It will be artificially lit up from its central void during night time, thus illuminating the building both inwards and outwards as a shining symbol of hope.

Luoyuan Protestant Church

Luoyuan Protestant Church in China – Building Information

Building Type: Religious
Client: Luoyuan Christian Committee
Total Constr. Area: 6,000 sqm
Status: Under Construction
Location: Luoyuan, ROC

Luoyuan Protestant Church

Luoyuan Protestant Church in China images / information from INUCE Architecture Design Urbanism

Location: Luoyuan, China

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