JJP Architects and Planners - CES Chapel at Bade Campus in Taiwan, a church inspired by Gothic cathedrals
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CES Chapel at Bade Campus in Taiwan, a church inspired by Gothic cathedrals

JJP Architects and Planners

Public Space  /  Completed
JJP Architects and Planners

Inspired by Gothic cathedrals, the nave is an 20m by 20m column free space that utilizes soaring arches to form a continuous ribbed vault to define the space. Steel columns are extruded to the roofs, and reinforced with buttresses to form a long-span diagrid slab system mimicking a ribbed vault in gothic architecture. Articulated wooden panels are mounted in-between the columns to integrate the acoustics, and the air-conditioning system in its interior.

The project is located in Taoyuan, a rural city in northern Taiwan. The chapel serves as the spiritual and circulatory heart of the campus, with easy access to the main entrance plaza, the academic building, library, canteen and dormitories.

1.Honorable Mention, IDA Design Awards
2.Winner, Other Architecture, Architecture MasterPrize
3.Honorable Mention, DNA Paris Design Awards

The composition of the chapel is a sequence of three measured and ordered spaces. First is the foyer, which serves as the main gathering place prior and after services. Second is the nave, which is conceived as an intimate and serene space for worship. Third is the apse, designed to be a magnificent space that enhances the spirituality and symbolism of the whole chapel. In contrast to the nave, the apse is a monolithic unadorned space that conveys a sense of spirituality as a sacred place where God dwells. The main wall is clad with warm natural granite and punctured by a cross-shaped opening in the middle. The cross is the only prominent religious symbol in the chapel and the effect of a soft ray of light perforating the solidity of a rock evokes the biblical passage “I'm the light of the world”. The interior design is driven by natural lighting. Light diffuses through the glass clerestory and brightens the apse throughout the day, thereby creating a contrast between the apse and the nave. As the morning light penetrates the east facing stone façade, the chapel is filled with a spiritual aura while a bright cross is projected deep into the space.

The church is the most popular space on Bade campus. Even if non-religious visitors enter the nave, their hearts will be deeply moved by the spiritual aura and stay there, enjoying a moment of tranquility.


 2983 mq
 Joshua J. Pan, FAIA
 Sheng-Tien Yeh, Rafael Martinez, Jason C. Ouyang, Tzu-Hua Wu, Maya Cheng, Yu-Ting Lin, Shih-Fang Huang, Chia-Lin Yang
 Lee Ming Construction Co., Ltd.
 Structural:Goodtech Engineering Consultant Co.; MEP: C. H. Wu Consulting Engineers; Acoustic:Department of Architecture, NTUST
 Shawn Liu, W.S. Hsieh


JJP Architects & Planners is a multidisciplinary design firm dedicated to providing creative solutions for the built environment. Founded in January, 1981 by Mr. Joshua Jih Pan, the firm is based in Taipei, Taiwan with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen. 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.

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