Open Heaven Church

PrizeFinalists in Build (architecture)
CompanyJJP Architects and Planners
ArtistJoshua Pan
Design TeamSteven BJ Chen, Yuan-Pin Weng, Guan-Liang Liou, Rafael Martinez,Chun-Chang Tsai, Zac JJ Siao, Yu-Ting Lin, Shih-Fang Huang

The chapel is composed of three hyperbolical solid shells that naturally form two voids that are enclosed by transparent glass. Specifically, two primary shells compose the main chapel at the second floor. “…the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him”- Matthew 3:16 Inspired on the biblical passage, the curvature of the gaps at the top of the shells follow the sun path to allow maximum natural light to penetrate into the interiors throughout the day, thereby producing a tangible manifestation of the “open heavens” passage.

JJP is an architectural and planning firm dedicated to providing creative solutions for the built environment.Founded in 1981, the firm is based in Taipei,Taiwan with offices in Shanghai, Xiamen and Beijing.The firm combines talented design capability and diversified technical experience into a comprehensive,world-class service package for clients in Taiwan and around the globe.The firm has demonstrated the highest levels of professional expertise, especially in large complex projects.Such accomplishment is also affirmed by the numerous awards for design excellence that the firm has received.