2012-2016 Tainan
Built

Tung-Men Holiness Church
東門聖教會

Location: Tainan, Taiwan
Project team: 張瑪龍+陳玉霖(Architects) 羅婷頤+劉禹伶+鄭妙玲(SD+DD) 方永賢(CD)
Structural engineer: 築遠工程顧問有限公司 Envision Engineering Consultants
Project year: 2012-2016
Constructed Area: 1,240 m2
Photographer: Shawn Liu Studio

我又看見聖城新耶路撒冷由神那裡從天而降,預備好了。
城是四方的,長寬一樣。天使用葦了量那城,共有四千里,長寬高都是一樣的。
那城內又不用日月光照;因有神的榮耀光照,又有羔羊為城的燈。
人必將列國的榮耀、尊貴歸與那城。
[啟示錄第21章第2、6、23及26節]

本案源起於牧師從神領受的異象:東門聖教會以老鷹為象徵,也要像「飛機場」一樣,作為讓人從沒有信主到進入主的國度之門戶。

今日的教會與日常生活的關係非常緊密,東門聖教會的基地被世俗的住宅群所圍繞,為回應此紋理及牧師的異象,我們讓教堂低樓層作為人與人互動對談的場所,藉由咖啡廳與親子書房引領社區民眾進來。經由一道白色、充滿陽光的去物質性的樓梯轉折垂直而上,教堂的空間屬性逐漸由世俗轉換成神聖。教堂的上層是人與神相會的神聖空間,主堂為挑高兩層的清水混凝土正立方體,陽光經由外部的「羽毛」過濾後進入,形成神聖柔和的光照。主堂後方通往夾層的懸挑樓梯使人猶如先漫步於半空中,再進到教堂的領域;上方親子空間及夾層的大面開口,提供不同的視角與經驗回望此神聖的場所。再往上的頂樓有三間禱告室,站在樓梯的最高點,我們可以親近的距離平視位於折板玻璃頂上的白色十字架。

教堂的主體是冷色調的清水混凝土,建築的配件則以木質及銅的暖色調加以平衡,例如主堂弧形垂墜的天花、橡木踏階、及外部立面的羽毛。

東門聖教會立面的羽毛是讓建築得以具有老鷹象徵性的重要元素,使現代建築與使用者在情感層次有直接溝通的可能。從左上到右下的費氏數列運算,每片沖孔鋁版以2度的差異漸變,讓教堂的面貌柔軟、半透明、彷彿會隨風飄逸。從室內外望,羽毛形成一面薄紗讓外部世俗的建築以不同的面貌呈現。

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…
The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide…
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
[Revelation 21:2、16、23 & 26]

This project originates from a vision that the pastor has received from God: Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church (TMHC) symbolizes an eagle as a biblical metaphor, and it is like an airport, serving as a boarding gate for non-believers to enter into God’s kingdom.

The site of the new church is surrounded by secular residential buildings. Responding to this contextual city fabric as well as the pastor’s vision, the lower floors of the church building are used as socializing spaces such as coffee shop and family-friendly book store, inviting the community in and knitting the church closely with the life of the neighborhood.

The church is mainly composed of cool architectural concrete but balanced with warm wood and copper colors used for curved sanctuary ceiling, oak staircase and feather-like metal screens on the main facade.

The aluminum perforated screens or “feathers” on the church exterior pay homage to the eagle metaphor, connecting this contemporary architecture to the members of the church on the emotional level. The orientation of every feather is calculated by the Fibonacci sequence and it is varied by increments of two degrees from feather to feather. Thus, the main church façade appears to be soft, transparent and flowing. Looking out from inside, the feathers form a sheer fabric that presents the secular world outside in a different light.

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