Church in Qingdao

BUZZ - Büro Ziyu Zhuang 

Working out of offices in Berlin, Beijing, and Shanghai, the practice of Ziyu Zhuang took on this project in Qingdao. Located within the Zangma Mountain Tourism Resort, it is a reinterpretation of traditional church architecture, maintaining elements like the bell tower with its spire, the rose window, the basilica layout, and the emphatic repeating inner arches. These features are translated into simplified forms. The steel structure is arranged in interplay with sixty aluminum fins, which are spaced out to create gaps uniformly distributed along the building’s length. Sequential slices let daylight into the cavernous hall, where gentle curves give the space a fluid feel.