Ching-Mei Baptist Church
As with most of the urban church properties in Taiwan, Ching-Mei Baptist Church also has to pack in many different functions in a six story and one basement building on a 1,180 m2 site. Ground floor is used for kindergarten which the church has operated to serve the community for many years. Second and third (mezzanine) floors are the main assembly hall with 600 seats. 4th and 5th floors are used for library, office, fellowship and Sunday school classrooms. 6th floor house two apartment units for pastors’ living quarters. Basement is used for parking and auxiliary assembly.
Because the site is rather irregular in shape with only one street frontage, the volume of the building is designed to express the welcoming façade for large congregation on lower floors, with the upper floors tapered back to form a pointed “arch” shape in the front. It is meant to symbolize both Noah’s arch as a salvation vessel, and a praying hand pointing towards heaven. As a more contemporary minded church, it decided to adopt a more intimate seating arrangement in the assembly hall, moving away from the traditional procession type rectilinear nave.
The structure system is steel framing with reinforce concrete exterior walls. The façade is clad with glazed tile along with aluminum curtain wall system. The site is 3,900 square meters, with a construction cost of NT$52,000,000, completion date, May, 2000