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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.

Zhuting Church in Zhuzhou, China by Pu Miao Architecture

 
January 24th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pu Miao Architecture

Located next to a mountain path, this rural church responds to its narrow site with a zigzag spatial sequence that generates the much needed transitional space from the profane to the sacred. Inside, a unique sacred space is created through pairing the chapel with an outdoor space which contains the altar.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, The “gate” leading toward the exterior altar

  • Architects: Pu Miao Architecture
  • Project: Zhuting Church
  • Location: Zhuzhou, China
  • Project Period: 1999-2002
  • Site Area: 500 square meters
  • Floor Area: 380 square meters
  • Client: Zhuting Church
  • Consultants: Zhuzhou County Architectural Design Institute, Hunan Province

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, The bell tower and the east exterior of the Church

The volunteering architect adopted the form and material of local farm buildings to facilitate users’ participation in the design and construction process. These measures not only contributed to the completion of the project within a tight budget, but also could be seen as an experiment on the localization of Modernism in a developing country.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, The “gate” leading toward the exterior altar and the diagonal wall separating the worship space from the foyer.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, Interior of a lodging room

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, A bridge before the main entrance, under the bridge is a preserved water hole.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, Interior of the Church, second floor contains lodging rooms, with space under for communal dining.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, From the cross looking back toward the Church, outside of the left wall is the entering path.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, Between the bamboo fence and the wall, the entering path leads to the main entrance.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, A south-north view of the series of courtyards

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, The door of the church and the forecourt, the opening on the right leads to the series of courtyards.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, A north-south view of the series of courtyards and the bell tower.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, The interior of the triangular foyer, the tall diagonal wall separates the foyer from the worship space.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture, One of the courtyards designed for social activities

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture

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