In the course of the acceleration of growth of the capital city Seoul, South Korea, a new district was developed in the near northeast of the city named Byeollae. The Seoul and New York-based architectural practice “NAMELESS Architecture” designed a pretty impressive landmark for this new area based on a simple shape, single physical properties and programs.
“The use of simple volumes and a single material adapted to the site collects a range of desires created in the newly developed district. Concrete, which is a structure as well as a basic finishing material for the building, indicates a property that penetrates the entire church, and at the same time, a firm substance that grasps the gravity of the ground it stands on, which is contrary in concept from abstraction. Concrete reveals its solidity as a metaphor for religious values which are not easily changed in an era of unpredictability. Moreover, the cross as a religious symbol substitutes for an enormous bell tower and is integrated with the physical property of the building through the empty space at the upper part of the staircase. The minimized symbol implies the internal tension of the space.” explained the architects.
All images: Cortesy © Rohspace; NAMELESS Architecture