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The Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Features a Butterfly Roof

 - Oct 10, 2014
References: azlarchitects & dezeen
AZL Architects designed a garden Chapel in Wanjin Garden, a Nanjing park that's often used to host formal events and religious services.

The design features vertical timber lines and an inverted roof that forms a distinctive V-Shaped silhouette. Dark shingles dramatize the already-theatrical roof, which features sharp points in both directions. The facade underneath is comprised of white walls, glimpsed between a peek-a-boo wooden skin. The architects refer to the double-layered facade as a "religious spatial experience," wording which certainly corresponds to the chapel's function.

To keep the focus on the natural surroundings, the architects chose to not to dye the wooden strips that make up the exterior -- a decision which ultimately amplifies the chapel's organic feel.