Located in Byeollae, a newly developed district near northeast Seoul, RW Concrete Church is concretized through a flow of consecutive spaces based on simple shape, single physical properties and programs.
The empty concrete yard on the ground floor is a flexible space that acts as a venue for interaction with the community while also accommodating varying religious programs.
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This interior space has a cantilever structure protruding 6.9 meters, and you must pass through this hall before entering the chapel.
The chapel creates a sense of peace with a single space, using a slope that is not so steep, evoking the feeling of attending a worship service on a low hill. The subdued light gleaming through the long and narrow clerestory embraces the entire chapel and lends vigor to the static space.
Inspiration from architect:
Concrete reveals its solidity as a metaphor for religious values which are not easily changed in an era of unpredictability. Moreover, the cross as a religious symbol substitutes for an enormous bell tower and is integrated with the physical property of the building through the empty space at the upper part of the staircase. The minimized symbol implies the internal tension of the space.