Vertical Church

垂直教堂

NG Vincent/ AGC Design

The soaring height of a church tower overseeing low-rise village clusters is a symbolic image of religion’s omnipresence in many European Cities.  In Asian cities, however, such verticality becomes obsolete amongst the extreme urban density.  Given the ever-increasing property price and land value, every construction in Hong Kong is virtually a skyscraper maximizing development potential.  The competitive urban environment is saturated with landmarks and icons.  Religious Architecture calls for an alternative approach that is sensitive to the community and its urban fabric.  The church building on display is a redevelopment project embodying the ethos of public engagement. Leaning on a terraced topography, the recessed church entrance frees up the ground at street level and invites visitors to climb the grand stairs up to enter the House of God.  Stacked above the Main Sanctuary are Kindergarten and Elderly Day Care Center which further extend the public realm at upper storeys.  The openness of the church building is accentuated by the slender cross on the narrow façade recalling collective memory of the church’s presence in the neighborhood for the past 60 years.
 

高聳的教堂塔樓是象徵宗教的標誌性建築,在許多歐洲城市都無處不在。然而在香港,一個典型的高密度亞洲城市,由於物業價格及土地價值不斷上升,基本上城中每幢建築物都是一座摩天大樓,大家對教堂塔樓的「地標式高度」見慣不怪。在充斥住地標式建築的城市裏,宗教建築的設計除了垂直高度,更應著重對社區的橫向連結。這裏展出的教堂模型是一個體現開放公共空間的重建項目。教堂的入口順應山勢後退,擴闊了臨街的路面,讓公眾可循大樓梯拾級而上,徐徐步入高臺上的聖殿。在聖殿空間的上方設有幼兒園和老人中心,將公共空間延伸至上層。主立面有個狹長的十字架,象徵社區的集體回憶,也強調了教堂六十年的深耕細作。

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