Best Public Building, Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023, is Chapel of Sound by Open Architecture
The winner of the Best Public Building: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023 category has been announced – congratulations to Chapel of Sound, China, by Open Architecture.
Best Public Building: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023 is Chapel of Sound by Open Architecture
(Image credit: Jonathan Leijonhufvud)
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The Best Public Building: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023 has been announced, celebrating Chapel of Sound, China, by Open Architecture as the finest piece of public architecture of the year.
The Best Public Building: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023 shortlist was rich and diverse, including a university campus, a museum, a chapel, a gallery and a factory battling it out for the coveted title. Scroll down to find out more about the list, as well as the winner.
(Image credit: Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Zhu Runzi)
Nestled in the green, rolling hills of Jinshanling, in the countryside north-east of Beijing, the Chapel of Sound cuts a sculptural, monolithic figure. The project, resembling something between giant land art and a natural rock formation is the brainchild of Chinese architecture studio Open Architecture. The practice, founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing, designed the building as an open-air concert hall, offering views to the ruins of the Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall of China, merging its strong, rippling concrete form with its context of greenery and historical architecture. Working with a fairly open brief, the architects described wanting the building to help them ‘see the shape of sound’.
The building has a brutalist, almost boulder-like appearance. The material is enriched by an aggregate of local mineral-rich rocks, connecting it physically as well as conceptually with its surroundings. This, the rock-like overall composition, and the fact that the volume was carved to be narrower towards the base (designed with the help of international engineering firm Arup), helped the architects ensure that the piece has a gentler impact in its natural surroundings. At the same time, using no heating or air-conditioning, the Chapel of Sound consumes minimal energy, in keeping with this sustainable approach.
Key features: concrete structure, brutalist architecture, open plan, flowing forms
Architects’ previous work: Tank Shanghai; Sun Tower (in progress); Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen; UCCA Dune Art Museum
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