Zhuting Church

Site Location
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First Floor Plan
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Between the bamboo fence and the wall, the entering path leads to the main entrance.
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A bridge before the main entrance, under the bridge is a preserved water hole.
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A south-north view of the series of courtyards
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The bell tower and the east exterior of the Church
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The door of the church and the forecourt, the opening on the right leads to the series of courtyards.
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Interior of the Church, second floor contains lodging rooms, with space under for communal dining.
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The “gate” leading toward the exterior altar and the diagonal wall separating the worship space from the foyer.
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The “gate” leading toward the exterior altar
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Pu Miao
Zhuting, Zhuzhou, Zhuzhou
Zhuting Church
Pu Miao
Zhuzhou County Architectural Design Institute, Hunan Province

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. 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.  

Time+Architecture (China, 4/2007)

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