When I think of beam
Starts to tilt
When I think of pillar
— Langjin Zhu
One day back to last September, I was thinking about the beam and pillar again, then wrote down the poem above. Beam and pillar, is there really a substantial difference? I feel there is a blurred boundary. Just like wall and roof, door and window, or bucket arch and arch, to me, they are literally the same.
▼教堂室内空间概览，overall view of the interior of the church ©本质映像
Jinan Changzhuang Church is located in Changzhuang Village,a remote place in the countryside of Jinan, China. The church is situated in the center of a forest and crops which are naturally segregated from the village.
▼远景鸟瞰，建筑位于田野中央，distanced aerial view of the building located in the center of the farmland ©本质映像
Through deep research on the structure, materials, and natural light of the building，we hope this rural church represents a sacred atmosphere that is silent and calm. Returning to its most simplistic, basic, and natural building space.
▼建筑外观，掩映在自然之中，external view of the building hidden in the nature ©本质映像
In terms of architectural form, we started by abstracting current space into a simple and basic building block, and then all the modification is within such a simple block.
▼建筑形态生成，form generation diagram ©房子和诗工作室
The structure was being considered at the beginning of the design process. We aim to present a classical, symmetrical, and rhythmical spatial atmosphere. One of the core design strategies is that we try to eliminate decoration as much as possible. In other words, the interior space is merely the direct expression of building structure.
▼分解轴测图，exploded axonometric ©房子和诗工作室
U-shaped glasses with vertical lines combined with steel cross structure are specially designed to apply in the main facade, visually communicating an upward force to the audience. The candle holder pattern is composed of hand-made stained glass to bring back the tradition. In terms of the exterior wall, we did not follow the traditional white theme but selected the dark color instead. Hoping that the color of the building will be more durable and better integrate into the surrounding environment.
▼建筑外观，使用深色外墙，external view of the building with dark colored enclosure ©朱浪进
▼夜景，灯光从玻璃中透出，night view, lighting running out through the glass ©本质映像
▼彩色U型玻璃，U-shaped stained glass ©本质映像
▼内部空间生成，generation of the interior space ©房子和诗工作室
Major interior materials for the main hall are exposed concrete columns and red brick walls. The concave-convex treatment of the brick is not just to create the texture, but also to expose more pores of the brick. So that the brick material will have an added effect of sound absorption. At the same time, we hide the air conditioner and other equipment in the wooden trellis bench on both sides. On top of the functional aspect, this also increases the seating capacity. The design of the solid wooden seats is as simple, practical, and sturdy as possible.
▼一层通道，passage on the first floor ©朱浪进
▼主堂内部空间，interior space of the church ©本质映像
▼从讲台看向观众席，view to the spectator seats from the podium ©本质映像
▼三层回廊与观众席，winding corridor and spectator seats on the third floor ©本质映像
▼凹凸的砖墙与混凝土柱，uneven brick walls and concrete columns ©本质映像
▼砖墙细部，details of the brick wall ©本质映像
The lighting design of the main hall is one of the design focus. We adopted a more restrained to rational approach. As far as possible, there should be no visible lighting fixture in the main hall, and only light strips are installed on the upper part of the brick walls. At night, the lights on both sides will illuminate the entire roof, which in turn illuminates the entire main hall space. In the daytime, indoor lighting can completely rely on skylights.
skylights and side window bringing in adequate natural light ©本质映像
▼天窗和细部，skylights and details ©本质映像
At the same time, skylights and side windows crisscross with each other so that the light and shadow of the room will change constantly throughout the time. On the other side, light penetrating through the stained glass together with arrays of beams and columns create a warm but powerful religious atmosphere.
stained glass with the arrays of beams and columns creating a powerful religious atmosphere ©本质映像
▼回廊与彩色玻璃，winding corridor and the stained glass ©本质映像
The overall process is not as easy, it consists of many people`s hardworking. From the start of design to the completion of construction, we spare no effort to follow the project for three years and slowly grow up together with the church. We will continue to follow up the post-project in the future, unconditionally.
(left) first floor plan, (right) second floor plan ©房子和诗工作室
(left) mezzanine floor plan, (right) roof plan ©房子和诗工作室
项目名称: 苌庄教堂 Jinan Changzhuang Church
项目地点：山东省济南市历城区苌庄村 Jinan Changzhuang Church
设计单位：房子和诗工作室 Archipoetry Studio