Church of Seed

Lead DesignerFai Au
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Prize(s)2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public
Entry Description

Church of Seed is located at one of the seven renowned Taoist Mountains. The client intends to develop a small church for the surrounding villages. This church provides not only worship space for Christians, but also gathering place for the village people.

The design is triggered by the story of a seed in the Bible. A curve which marks the enclosing wall splits into three: the south east facing wall has a cross shape opening which invites the morning sun, the solid west facing wall blocks the afternoon sun, and the cavity of the north facing wall accommodates toilet facility. The stepping roof terrace allows diffuse northern daylight into the interior and allows visitors to walk up to the observation deck and enjoy the mountain view.

Church of Seed is constructed with bamboo textured concrete, harmonizing with the surrounding landscape. The presence of the church is humble and blending with village life.


O Studio Architects is an architectural practice devoted to the contemplation, research and design of the contemporary built environment. The practice works internationally on cultural, institutional, commercial and residential projects, providing full architecture, master planning, urban design and interior design services.

O Studio Architects has recently focused on projects in Hong Kong and the Greater China region. The practice is currently developing design for eco-city, schools, laboratories, hotels, museums, chapels, artist villages, elderly housing and drug rehabilitation centers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Dongguan and more. O Studio's design team has won numerous international awards and honor including: Young Architect Prize, 2014 Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Awards; Commendation Entry, 2013 WKCD Arts Pavilion Design Competition; Medal of the Year, 2011 HKIA Annual Award for Projects outside Hong Kong; Winner, 2012 Perspective 40 under 40 Award; Winner, 2011 World Architecture Community award; Nominee, 2010 China Media Architecture award, Young Architect Prize; Runner-up, 2010 ULI/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition; Champion, 2007 Hong Kong Young Architect Award Competition.