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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Wedding Chapel in Nanjing, China by SO-IL

May 19th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SO-IL

This is a proposal for a wedding Chapel as part of the China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture, (CIPEA) in Nanjing. The project is located northwest of the old capital, on the lush shores of Foshou Lake, next to a newly constructed hotel. We propose to create an intimate space with a singular gesture situated on a beautiful, mountainous landscape. By splitting the topography, a space is generated within the site.

Wedding Chapel

  • Architects: SO-IL
  • Project: Wedding Chapel
  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Program: Wedding chapel
  • Area: 450 m² / 4,845 sf
  • Status: Concept design 2008

Wedding Chapel

The site is surrounded by trees and light filters in from its sides. The bride descends down into the centre where the ceremony takes place. From the top of the roof—a concrete shell structure—one can see the sunset behind the mountains and the Yangtze River in a distance.

About SO-IL

Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO — IL) is an idea-driven design office founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in 2008. With a global reach, it brings together extensive experience from the fields of architecture, academia and the arts. A creative catalyst involved in all scales and stages of the architectural process, SO — IL approaches projects with an intellectual and artistic rigor fueled by a strong commitment to realizing their ideas in the world.

Wedding Chapel

SO — IL has worked on an array of projects ranging in scale from a series of prints for the Guggenheim Museum to the master plan of a cultural campus in Shanghai, China. Recent projects include a temporary classroom for the Whitney Museum, student housing in Athens, Greece, a public square in Manama, Bahrian, and a community center on the Belgian coast.

The office has received numerous awards, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, as well as the AIA Young Practices Award. SO — IL has been widely featured in international publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Wallpaper* and in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urbanism and KaDE in the Netherlands.


Florian Idenburg, principal

Florian Idenburg (1975, the Netherlands) holds a MSc. in Architecture from Delft University of Technology.

Prior to founding SO – IL, Idenburg gained eight years of experience at the practice of Pritzker laureates KazuyoSejima + RyueNishizawa / SANAA. Idenburg is a recognized voice in academia and has held teaching positions at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and the University of Kentucky.

Jing Liu, M Arch, principal

A native of China, Jing Liu received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, concluding with a Master of Architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans.

Liu worked at New York based Kohn Pedersen Fox and Starwood prior to founding SO – IL. Liu is currently teaching at Columbia University’s GSAPP and faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.

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