By Puri Lighting
Towering above a public square in Qingdao, China, the Chamber Church by German-Chinese architecture practice Büro Ziyu Zhuang creates a picture befitting its associations with the divine and otherworldly, through an ethereal, ridged white form that remoulds archetypal elements in a more emotive vein. The project was commissioned by Tianjin-based developer Sunac as part of its Aduo Town project, in the Qingdao Zangma Mountain Tourism Resort. Despite its designation as a church, the structure’s exterior betrays little of its denominational allegiances, portraying itself in a more secular light. Stripped of any ornamention commonly found in church architecture, the design employs historic architectural precedents in a more abstract light, adopting a style that aims to represent a ‘timeless modernity which creates a sense of the future’.