Chapel of Music
Chapel of Music
Jh Theatre Architecture Design Consulting Company
Toryo International Lighting Design (Beijing) Center
Zihao Zeng, Yeqian Tan
Han Zhang, Jinteng Li
Jiangsu Jiangdu Construction Group
Zihao Zeng, Mofei Li, Liwen Zhang
Zhigang Ma, Suiping Zhang, Lei Zhang
Xudong Qi, Fujun Zhang, Yafeng Wang, Xiaojie Liu, Weipeng Yu
Liangliang Zhao, Shida Liu
LDI PROJECT ARCHITECT
Beijing Seed Cultural Media
Aranya · Qinhuangdao
Dalian Architectural Design & Research Institute Co.,ltd
The Chapel of Music is the fourth architectural project completed by Vector Architects in the Aranya Qinhuangdao community.
It stands in contrast to its predecessors, including the Seashore Library, Seashore Chapel, and Restaurant y Sea, all of which enjoy direct seafront locations.
The chapel is anchored within the heart of the community plaza, known as Youyi Bay.
Positioned slightly north of the plaza's center, it neighbors the canteen and market to the north, the residential apartments to the west, together with the hotels and shops to the south.
We envision this chapel as an exquisite musical instrument landing on the plaza. By orchestrating sound, light, and air, we aim to create a new type of music hall space.
The origin of the design stems from the section. We vertically arranged the Meditation Rotunda at the lower level, while the Skylight Music Hall on top of it at the upper level.
The Music Hall has a sunken stage in the center. Viewed from the Meditation Rotunda, it appears like a suspended disc.
Surrounding the stage, seats for forty-eight spectators are laid out in two levels.
As the performance unfolds, the sound fills the hall and transmits down to the rotunda through nine brass sound transmission tubes embedded among the seatings.
The Music Hall is crowned with a large retractable circular pneumatic roof, introducing the skylight.
In favorable weather conditions, the roof ascends, transforming the Music Hall into an outdoor theater.
The Meditation Rotunda on the lower floor is nine meters high. By leaving a fifty-centimeter- wide gap with operable glass panels at the corner of walls, natural light softly diffuses through the corner gaps below, as well as from the upper gaps around the suspended stage.
Polished concrete seatings are arranged along the wall, resembling a lounge chair allowing people to recline naturally, and immerse themselves into the music, natural light, and the permeating breeze.
On this deliberate solid volume of the Chapel, we've incorporated a large view window at the eastern façade, providing the audience with an opportunity to gaze at the sea horizon beyond as they exit after the concert.
The chapel is centrally located within the community, with three distinct building facets respectively responding to the flows of people entering the plaza and the sea.
The three concave curves of the chapel’s outer walls are delineated for a harmonious coexistence with the three groups of adjacent buildings on the plaza, jointly creating various public spaces with diverse atmospheres and scales.
By elevating the building from the ground, the open character of the plaza is maintained while also providing a shelter for people to rest.
The entrance lobby, located on the raised first floor, is accessible via a long ramp slightly offset and parallel to the building’s curving east wall.
The ramp faces the canteen and market on the northern side, inviting people while guiding the way into the chapel for embarking on an exploration of music and space.