O-office Architects has designed an unusual chapel that graces a beach in Shanwei, China. It stands right in front of the sea and resembles a wave in its shape
March 5, 2022
In the Chinese city of Shanwei on the coast of Jinting Bay, a new attraction has appeared – a chapel designed by O-office Architects. It stands right on the beach, has a triangle in its plan, and resembles a coastal wave facing the sea.
“We were inspired by the coastline of Jinting Bay, as well as the culture of Matsu, common in this region,  ;- say the authors of the project. – We wanted to convey the contrast between the new skyscrapers, standing along the coast, and the endless seascapes.
“We tried to explore and create a new 'sea totem' that would emphasize and complete the central axis of this growing city along the coast.” The entrance to the chapel is located on the opposite side from the sea. A paved road 36 meters long leads to it, which runs through the middle of an artificial reservoir.
Inside the building on the ground floor there is a chapel, and on the minus first floor there are utility rooms, waiting areas, bathrooms and utility rooms. The stairs connecting the basement and first floors also lead to the roof terrace.
Outside, the building is finished with concrete, which provides structural strength, protection from strong winds and erosion. “Concrete also adds sculptural quality to the building, turning it into a kind of art object dedicated to the sea,” the architects say. The white color was not chosen by chance, it is a symbol of purity and at the same time is directly associated with the goddess Matsu – the Taoist and Buddhist goddess of the sea.