AZL Architects, Wanjing Garden chapel in Nanjing (China)
Photos: Yao Li
The local firm AZL Architects is the author of the new 200-square-meter chapel in Wanjing Garden, on the banks of the Nanjing Rover. The small building, which has a V-shaped profile, presents a double enclosure of slats of pine and birch wood. Steel joints fix the slats together and to the ground. Reinterpreting a building tradition of the Asian country, the gap between the two facades serves as a perimeter corridor, providing a transition into the sacred space. This is a luminous octagonal room where the color white, the geometric shapes of the ceiling, and a longitudinally stretching line of light 30 centimeters thick create an abstract space.
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