China-based AZL Architects recently completed a striking geometric church with a V-shaped roof. The Nanjing Wanjing Garden's Chapel is wrapped in a slatted wood skin that illuminates the interior with an ethereal glowing effect.
Located on a park’s riverbank in the city of Nanjing, AZL Architects’ brilliant chapel shelters weddings and other religious services. Its distinctive V-shaped roof was covered in dark shingles and rises at the end rather than at its center. Its highest peak is at 40 ft high, where it holds a cross that points towards the sky.
Below the roof, a double-layered facade consists of solid white walls, screened behind a semi-transparent wooden skin. The architects explained the reasoning behind the second skin, saying that, “the outer shell serves as a filter of the view outside, implying the start of a religious spatial experience.” Inside the octagonal floor plan, everything is bright, minimal and white with natural light penetrating only through openings on the skylight’s roof and walls.
Photos by Yao Li