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Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Taiwan Architecture News - Apr 1, 2020 - 09:30   4387 views

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Taiwan’s renown architect Weili Liao and his Ambi Studio completes an exquisite church in Yilan plain. The project attempts to redefine the presbyterian church for the local community. 

The church locates at Jaio-xi, in the north region of Taiwan island, where is humid and rainy in winter, hot in summer. The building site has east-west orientation and 1.5 meters hight difference between front and rear roads. 

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Aerial photo. Image © Fu-Ming Lin


Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Ground floor plan. Image © AMbi Studio


Multipurpose citizen square with sky metaphor. Image © Kuo-Min Lee 


Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Gate and passage to the main church. Image © Chaolee Kuo 


The ground floor of the building is multifunctional and opens to the public, which deliberately elevated to function as a “city square” with four supporting cubes for the main church  above. The four cubes metaphorize the four theological pillar theories of Wesleyan theology: Bible, tradition, reason and experience.

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Evening view of the church. Image © Kuo-Min Lee

The main hall seats above the square, which echoes the Christian spirit of what Bible says "the temple of God is built high.” Nevertheless it is hidden like a wooden egg behind the transparent curtain wall, it can be seen brightly at night, as if the glory of God filled the temple.

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Interior of the church. Image © Kuo-Min Lee

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Interior of the church. Image © Kuo-Min Lee

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

View from the balcony. Image © Kuo-Min Lee

Undoubtedly Jiao-xi Presbyterian Church is the pleasant place of togetherness and sharing for people. As Weili Liao mentioned, "for me, the church is not just a church. It is something more like a community center, and a convenience store for the soul. Many daily lives and neighborhood activities can happen here… A church is like a settlement, a city, and a universe for people."

Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Night view of the church. Image © Kuo-Min Lee


Ambi Studio Unveils A New Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

The church opens day and night as a community center and 'convenience store' for the soul. Image © Kuo-Min Lee

Projects facts

Project Name: Jiao-xi Presbyterian Church

Location: Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County, Taiwan

Designed: 2013

Completed: 2019

Client: The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan Jiao-xi Church Community

Building area: 659.4m2

Architect: Wei-Li Liao and Ambi Studio

Main contractor: Fuguarch

Executive architect: Wei-Li Liao

Building Systems: concrete structure, steel structure, wooden structure

Structural Engineer: Tomita Structural Design/ Top.Technic Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd.

All images © Kuo-Min Lee except others noted, courtesy of Ambi Studio

Top image © Kuo-Min Lee

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