IDPA Japan Design Award

International Design Pioneer Award
International Design Pioneer Award

The Light of Holiness

by Yuan Architects, Mo Architects and Planners

Project Description

This is a new construction project of Christ Presbyterian Church, designed as a mix-used building, including community activities, a chapel, an office, a classroom, a daycare center for the elderly, a dormitory, and other spaces. The project continues the church’s history, founded in Taiwan by Rev. George Leslie MacKay in 1875. It inherits the architectural impression of bronze sculptures and steeples that remain in the "present" until the "future" when a new era church will be constructed.
Looking at the exterior of the building, one will notice that the image of the old church's steeple and the icon of "burn but don't destroy" are inherited as a revelation from God. In addition, the image of "Jesus fish,” the representative symbol of Christianity, is translated into the architectural vocabulary and combined with the new grille style to redraw and record the church story. The cross is applied to the wall to divide the functional space. The center of the cross is the priest's dormitory, and the two areas of mission and heritage are divided up and down by this axis. The space related to the mission’s important mission is planned on the high floor, and the area is dedicated to abundant sunlight, superior vision, and natural scenery towards the light. In addition, the patio design invites natural light into the room, providing every inch of space with excellent lighting, ventilation, and greenery and creating a communal relationship between the church and the outdoor environment, thus bringing in a modern sustainability mindset and environmental protection.
The design team has divided clear areas and routes in the interior space, separating the external public use area from the internal service area to achieve efficient communication and support. In addition, an important historical object of the Church, the bronze sculpture, is placed at the exit of each stairway for parishioners or new catechumens to appreciate and share the stories of the Bible through the bronze sculpture, thereby bringing everyone closer to God and understanding the will of the Church.
In the Genesis chapter of the Bible, God said, "Let there be light, and there is light,” and the team extracted the meaning of this and brought the element of "light" into space. The project was carefully planned with a unique window design to bring light into the interior, providing a quiet, tranquil, and warm atmosphere for the church, stabilizing the mind and settling the soul. In addition, a cross-shaped skylight is designed to reflect the light of the cross inside the church, combined with the soft light coming in from the grille, symbolizing the walk with God. In addition, the traditional stained-glass windows are replaced by glass tiles, which continue the traditional imagery with a modern touch. The warm light on the temple creates a heavenly image of holiness and beauty.
With the rising awareness of environmental protection, more than 60% of green and environmentally friendly building materials are planned throughout the interior space to implement the four significant environmental protection aspects, including healthy living, ecological health, human health, and global sustainability, to provide users with a healthy, secure, and safe environment. In addition, the design team intends to obtain the Silver Green Building Certificate of Candidacy and Label and the Qualified Smart Building Certificate of Candidacy and Label during the detailed design and construction stages to promote the sustainable development of buildings and the environment to achieve maximum benefits.

Yuan Architects, Mo Architects and Planners

Established in 2010, by founding director Moek Mo, Mo+ Architects & Planners is an architecture firm that revolutionizes the way architecture is practiced. Combining the creativity of a design studio with the outcome-orientation of a commercial firm, we believe that design-driven and market-driven are not opposed to each other. In fact, high design value and commercial success follow on from one another. We utilize our professional skills the best of our ability in order to protect the interests of all stakeholders in the built environment. We build within the city as if it is our own, and we are proud of the result and conscious of the effect that our buildings have on both the city around and the inhabitants within. We are committed the absolute best practice. Our mission is to carry out ambitious building projects at multiple scales and programs, with a commitment to innovation, design and sustainability. We specialize in factory overall planning, commercial building/space design, school design, luxury resort design, villa design and temporary sales center design.

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