beck group + gansam: super mega underground church
beck group + gansam: super mega underground church beck group + gansam: super mega underground church
sep 17, 2011

beck group + gansam: super mega underground church

‘super mega underground church’ by beck group + gansam, seoul, south korea images courtesy of beck group

U.S. based architectural practice beck group and seoul-based firm gansam have collaborated to propose ‘super mega underground church’, a spiritual facility for the city of seoul, south korea. this urban site must accommodate over 40,000 people every sunday, the majority of whom arrive by subway. the design called for a 6,500 seat worship sanctuary, offices for the church’s global ministry, a 300 seat chapel, fellowship / classroom spaces, 250 parking spaces and a public plaza.

the design solution features the worship sanctuary underground, covered only by the public plaza, and sky above.

flanking the worship center on the north and south, the remaining program is projected upwards into two towers that are unified at three levels with a sky bridge. to give further emphasis on the sky above, the massing of the two towers and sky bridge is extruded at an angle about the elliptical plaza, and wrapped in clear vision glass to give unobstructed views inside and out.

interior views surrounding sanctuary

interior views of subway connection

interior views of education tower

site plan


aerial view / site section

cutaway plans

circulation diagrams

sunscreen analysis

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  • Yup… The church is a corporation, so the design actually fits. Would be nice to see something like that as a multicultural center or something similar.

    Propper says:
  • strange no renderings from the most important room (the worship sanctuary) ???

    hbernstein says:
  • Dead and buried. The most appropriate place for religion.

    Wilko says:
  • Why have they even done a sun shade study if it doesn’t inform the design at all. Those two parabolic curves of glass are going to be especially fun for someone on a good sunny day.

    Also, in Active Systems they mention covering the roof in PV, but the renderings clearly show a usable green space. It’s one or the other. I’d probably go with the green space, because there really isn’t enough roof for much PV.

    Last point, why build a tower and then bury the sanctuary? Sanctuaries love to have light! It could have been the pinnacle of the tower, but instead it’s treated like parking.

    There are positive things though. I’m definitely a fan of some of the interior space treatments.

    chris says:
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    saburo says:
  • The name is horrible!

    Dario says:

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