AZL architects build the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
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japanese practice AZL architects has just completed the nanjing wangjing garden chapel reflecting beautifully in the adjacent nanjing river.  the chapel is really only built of three materials: wood, embedded geometries, and light. a framed structure braced with minimal amounts of steel was chosen due to economic and time constraints as it is readily available and easily constructed. the versatility of the wood is also key in translating the concept of light into physical form. a 200m2 footprint wrapped in almost tensiled timber strats forms the outer screen that marks the entry into a spiritual space. surrounding exterior corridor is made up of a tall narrow space filled with filtered light.  the plan of the interior and solid volume is another square turned 45 degrees from the overall footprint.  here, exposed timber planks making up the canopy draw endless lines through space culminating into a thin skylight spanning the entire length of the roof. this linear skylight floods the interior with bright light giving a powerful soul to something made with ordinary materials. 

AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
entry
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
delicate outer screen forms an implied wall and entry into the chapel
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
small steel brackets provide support to the slender planks
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
interior bisected by a skylight
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
a ray of light travels across the white interior throughout the day
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
view towards the ceiling
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AZL architects builds the nanjing wangjing chapel out of symmetry and light
skylight view
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project info:

 

 

location: nanjing, jiangsu province, china
architects: zhang lei / azl architects
project team: zhang lei, wang ying, jin xin, cao yongshan, hang xiaomeng, huang longhui
collaborator: adi-nju
project area: 200 sqm
project year: 2014
photographs: yao li