Pink facades conceal a new cult location in Fuzhou, China

Pink facades conceal a new cult location in Fuzhou, China

by Maria Camilla Scalfi

 

Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, roof courtyard, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE

In Fuzhou, China, the Huaxiang Christian Centre has been designed by the Swiss studio INUCE • Dirk U. Moench.

In a context rich with cultural contaminations, this is a sanctuary adjacent to an existing religious building from 1938.

Due to the limits imposed by regulations in the area, the only feasible option was to create a building that would extend primarily in height, so as to make it visible from the nearby streets. The context also features a wide variety of buildings from different periods, in different architectural styles, and precisely this aspect has been important in the design process.

The idea of creating elevations with increasing and decreasing forms was a success factor to convince the demanding clients and the skeptical authorities. The volume has modules of different heights, which descend near the small adjacent church, suggesting the image of a dynamic horizon.

Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, exterior, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE

The cladding is in red granite similar to that of the old existing church, and applied using traditional local techniques.

The internal space is subdivided into a series of multifunctional rooms, and the areas of the upper level are formed by small amphitheaters, open to the public as a symbol of redemption.

This new gathering place sets out to embody the changes of the Chinese Christian community, which was hidden in the past but now wants to be visible, and to welcome new worshippers.

 

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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, general view, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, windows, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, lower amphitheatre, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, amphitheatre, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, side view, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, main facade, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, facade, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, entrance, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE
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Huaxiang Christian Centre by INUCE • Dirk U. Moench, hall, Photo by Shi Kai / INUCE