The Union Church by Tongji Architectural Design Group Co., Ltd

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Union

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Church

INSPIRATION:
The Union Church has a storied history and has been rebuilt according to its original form, respecting the former materials and structure. The lighting design also inherited the concept and aimed to restore the spirit of the church. The installation of the luminaires was innovative while meeting the functional and characteristic lighting to protect the main structure of the church.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Union Church was founded in 1886, located closely to the Bund in Shanghai. It was once destroyed because of the fire in 2007 and rebuilt in the next two years. It hasn't been properly reused for many years until 2021, and it will be transformed into a music performance space. The aim of lighting design is to create a ‘small and beautiful’ spiritual space meeting the need of performing.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Union Church has been properly reused in 2021, and it was transformed into a music performance space. The interior lighting focuses on the spiritual expression of the church and meets the needs of the music performance space.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2021 in Shanghai and finished in September 2021 in Shanghai.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The functional light is used to create a uniform lighting environment and achieve stage lighting. The main pendant light is a ‘creative highlight’, combining both the lighting and acoustic requirements. It is fitted with recessed lights and candle-shaped lights and can match well with the architectural style. The vertical lighting is designed to shape the space volume. In-ground recessed wall washers with narrow beam angle (15 degree) are used to well express the wall texture and the Gothic arch.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The project covers a total of 410 square meters.

TAGS:
Lighting Design, Architectural Lighting, Functional Lighting, Visual Effects, Performance Lighting

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The difficulties in this project were no damage install the light fixtures and acoustic requirements. The interior of the church was reconstructed using 3D software to adjust the installation of the luminaires to reduce damage to the walls. In terms of acoustic needs, we worked with acoustic consultant and creatively embedded thick acrylic panels on the main pendant light to meet the needs of the reflection sound to the stage. In the end, we were able to achieve the design concept at a low cost.

CHALLENGE:
The challenges of the lighting design were focused on installation methods and acoustic requirements. Since the protection requirements of ‘no damage to walls’, the design team almost re-create a new truss structure inside of the space. The lighting fixtures are installed on the new structure, leaving no nail hole in the wall. Because of the spatial reverberation, we creatively embedded thick acrylic panels on the pendant light to meet the needs of the reflection sound to the stage.

ADDED DATE:
2022-02-24 09:38:31

TEAM MEMBERS (9) :
Lighting Designer: Yang Xiu, Architect: Xu Feng, Lighting Designer: Ma Yue, Lighting Designer: Bian Chen, Lighting Designer: Ma Xiaojie, Lighting Designer: Ge Wenjing, Proprietor : Lu Yawen, Architect: Ma Xiyin and VR Engineer: Du Ming

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer, Lu Yawen, The Union Church, 2021.
Image #2: Photographer, Lu Yawen, The Union Church, 2021.
Image #3: Photographer, Lu Yawen, The Union Church, 2021.
Image #4: Photographer, Lu Yawen, The Union Church, 2021.
Image #5: Photographer, Lu Yawen, The Union Church, 2021.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Lu Yawen & Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.(TJAD), 2022.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.tjad.cn/
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Tongji Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

PROFILE:
Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.(TJAD), formerly known as the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University, was founded in 1958 and has now developed into a well-known large-scale design consulting group. With one hundred years' history and the profound cultural foundation of Tongji University, TJAD has accumulated rich experience in both engineering design and technical consultancy through continuous progress in the course of half a century. TJAD has the most extensive coverage of national qualifications. The business scope of TJAD includes consulting, engineering design, project management, geotechnical engineering and geological exploration in fields of building engineering, road engineering, municipal engineering, landscape, environmental pollution prevention, and conservation of historical and cultural relics, among others. TJAD has employed more than five thousand outstanding architectural design and engineering personnel to provide top engineering consulting services for clients. Meanwhile, they have been working hard to promote urban development and aiming to build a better life with their special ability.

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Union Church by Tongji Architectural Design Group Co., Ltd is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

The Union Church by Tongji Architectural Design Group Co., Ltd is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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