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Tung-Men Holiness Church in Tainan 

This project by Mayo architects+ originates from a vision that the pastor has received from God: Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church (TMHC) symbolizes an eagle as a biblical metaphor, and it is like an airport, serving as a boarding gate for non-believers to enter into God’s kingdom. The site of the new church is surrounded by secular residential buildings. Responding to this contextual city fabric as well as the pastor’s vision, the lower floors of the church building are used as socializing spaces such as coffee shop and family-friendly book store, inviting the community in and knitting the church closely with the life of the neighborhood.

The church is mainly composed of cool architectural concrete but balanced with warm wood and copper colors used for curved sanctuary ceiling, oak staircase and feather-like metal screens on the main facade. The aluminum perforated screens or “feathers” on the church exterior pay homage to the eagle metaphor, connecting this contemporary architecture to the members of the church on the emotional level. The orientation of every feather is calculated by the Fibonacci sequence and it is varied by increments of two degrees from feather to feather. Thus, the main church façade appears to be soft, transparent and flowing. Looking out from inside, the feathers form a sheer fabric that presents the secular world outside in a different light.

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Exterior of the First Presbyterian Church showing close-up of stone lion at arched entrance. Written on photo back: “First Presbyterian Church, 1889.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
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La Purisima (Exteriors and Interiors). Atotonilco El Bajo, Jalisco, Mexico. 

January 2016

Hometown II : Footprints

A Visit to the Motherland, by Edgardo Antonio Jr. @nomadedgardo