By : SEOINN DESIGN GROUP
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Public Building / Cultural Building : Gold Winner
Saemoonan Church« proposed four distinct church construction themes as basic guidelines; 1. the historicity as the mother church of Korean protestant churches, 2. the symbolism of doors open to heaven 3. the spatiality of expressing Christ as light and 4. presenting a water space that represents baptism and harmony. Hence, we adapted the themes of Loving God and Loving Neighbours and included them in the design. Loving God was mainly portrayed through the use and symbolism of the space, and the aspects of Loving Neighbors were expressed through the public view of the building in the form of its external appearance and the layout effect of the building revealed in the city centre. Shedding the decorations of the spire and the gothic image, which have dominated the archetype of Christian church construction for two thousand years, seems to be the main value contemporary church construction has faced. Therefore, in the construction of Saemoonan Church, the conventional spire was replaced by a soft curved effect that is open to the sky, and the excessive ornaments were converted into simple and abstract expressions. The love and mercy of God were metaphorically expressed with the curve of the soft front. Furthermore, a new periodic worship space was proposed with a fan-shaped chapel plane that encourages the dynamic participation between believers. This is how a contemporary church expresses their love of neighbors to the city through publicness.