White Church is a single-floor factory building located in the old style architectural complex of the original industrial paper mill, established at the early stage after the reform and opening-up. LAD Design Agency makes secondary consideration of the positioning of the church in the modern society, and defines it otherwise while reserving the main body of the old building. White Church makes break through of the classical approaches of the traditional church construction, extracts the elements of its religious culture, and emphasizes the pattern of modern architecture. And as a spiritual symbol of the building, it is a public shelter for human spirit, in accordance with the public demand.
▼教堂水院，Water Courtyard External View
“ 建 筑 的 功 能 创 造 了 它 的 形 式 。” 沙利文
“The function of the architecture creates its form.” Louis Sullivan
每座城市都需要一处安宁、明朗、祥和的地方| Every city needs a peaceful and bright place.
During the investigation of the demographic structure and spiritual culture background of the city, LAD Design Agency found that in the blundering era, everyone hopes to find a peaceful and bright space, whether the person is a believer or not. Based on the survey, LAD Design Agency planed the White Church, to serve as a spiritual symbol of the city.
▼改造前的旧厂房仓库，The original factory and warehouse before reconstruction
Out of considerations of the economic costs of the client and the local culture, the stylist transforms the church into an urban space with modern features with the preservation of the original building. Inspired by the original asymmetry of the old architecture, the stylist destroyed the original space by adding in columns and steel structure, to form a symmetrical internal structure. The main change lies in endowing the building with reasonable functions and new architectural aesthetics. The main spatial arrangement of the church is that one building is set as the independent main church and the other building is set as a comprehensive area composed of multi-functional space for activities and reception, which are totally separated functionally, allowing independent operation.
▼改造成现代设计语言的城市空间，它不造作，而且很美， It is transformed into an urban space with modern design language. Its beauty lies in its nature.
“少 即 是 多。” 密斯·凡德罗
“ Less is More. ” Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe
White and extreme simplicity expression letting people perceive the existence of light purely.
In 1978, the contemporary church adopted undisturbed white for a large area, to offer a peace space visually. White enhances people’s sense of structure and order, allowing the light to perform, and set in the corners of the space, “so that we can perceive the existence of light in the purest and most basic way.”
▼ 白色极简的表达，White and extreme simplicity expression
结构的功能不仅仅是结构| The function of the structure is not just structure
There is an arch in the first group of nave, dividing the nave and the aisle. It is generated from the structure, as well as makes the structure elaborately. Without unnecessary additions or deliberate changes, the brisk and transparent building itself is a space with continuous flow. Arch is a across-sky brickwork built with block materials. It is arc-shaped,with slight changes along with different types of buildings. Arch is not only aesthetic in the cultural sense, but also bears weight.
▼ 拱券为块状料砌成的跨空砌体，Arch is a across-sky brickwork built with block materials.
用铁艺装置述说循序渐进的静谧|Use iron devices to interpret the gradual quiet.
Rather than decorative patterns commonly seen in the traditional church, the stylists chose iron device, to make the space has greater vitality with the geometric curve. Materials of solid texture and deep iron color form sharp contrast with the white space, making people’s thinking active and relaxed. When entering into the space from the waiting room, people feel inner quiet in the symmetrical beauty, with moving-line design of orderly display of iron art.
▼ 几何的曲线，使空间更具有生命力，make the space has greater vitality with the geometric curve
▼中世纪哥特教堂与铁艺装置结构图，The Gothic Church of the Middle Ages and the Structure Chart of the Iron Device
“ 建筑空间的创造即是对光之力量的纯化和浓缩 。” 安藤忠雄
“Creation of architectural space is the purification and concentration of the power of light.”
光是建筑的灵魂而这里拥有它的宁静 | Light is the soul of architecture, And its quite rests here.
Space is the essence of architecture, while light is the soul of architectural space. In the design of the church, light allows us to return to the origin. Destroying original building is rarely seen. White Church achieves uniform distribution of light through artificial lighting to show quiet and peace, while serving as a spatial sequence to guide the stream of people, to form a complete space system, and make the entire building environment has a sense of consistent wholeness. Visual perception of the space is the result of interaction between light and the entity, the light and the entity facilitate mutual existence.
▼ 白教堂通过人工照明来实现光均匀分布，White Church achieves uniform distribution of light through artificial lighting
Vertical rays of light at the top by artificial lighting represents the expectation for God,which also brings a sense of belonging to the tranquility. Light is abstracted according to the spiritual idea of the human being, to be led to divinity. Light exercises a symbolic function that reflects a specific spiritual connotation: a metaphor of good, belonging to the glory of God
“ 让我看看你的城市，我就能说出这个城市的人追求的是什么 。” 伊利尔
“Let me have a look at your city, I can tell you what the pursuit of the people of this city is.” Eliel
Throughout the history and status quo of the church architecture, in addition to the influence of theology, it is more of a reflection of people’s expectations of spiritual strength. Compared with other types of public buildings, the church building should coordinate with the contemporary background and geographical characteristics, otherwise a sense of imbalance will occur, and the original definition of the building itself will be lost.
▼建筑日与夜，External view day and night
我们更喜欢说我们在低吟一首赞美诗|We prefer to say, we’re crooning a hymn.
We should think more about how to achieve a peaceful and saintly state while exceeding the essence of the religious space, with the integration of Eastern region and Western traditional church. Burdened by wonders and worldly preference, the stylist hope to create an architecture with the soul, which is also a consensus reached by LAD design team. While coordinating with the local culture, the White Church communicate and resonate with the city and its people. We prefer to say that we are crooning a hymn, diffusing peace and harmony.
Project Name: White Church
Project Design: LAD Design Agency
Building area: 3098 square meters
Design time: August 2015
Project Location: Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province