Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects

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Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects

Located in Wanjing Garden along riverfront, this small chapel is an 200 sqm wooden building with butterfly roof, used as worship and wedding services.

Architects: AZL Architects
Location: Jianye District, Nanjing, China
Photography: Yao Li

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects
© Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects
© Yao Li

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The wood and steel structure has gentle exterior shape, an octagonal central hall surrounded by square shaped corridors, leaving natural light to penetrate only through openings on roof and walls.

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects
© Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects
© Yao Li

All interior surfaces are painted white, emphasizing the leading role of light and space. It is worth mentioning that this church built in just 45 days.

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects
© Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel by AZL Architects
© Yao Li

Inspiration from architect:

The double shell system creates a uniquely interesting oriental architectural space that’s different from the “closeness” of traditional stone chapel, or the “openness” of modern architecture. The small chapel has a perfectly square shaped plan. Even with the 45-degree turning connecting inner space to exterior structure, the square remains highly integrated, symmetrical and center oriented.