Wenzai True Jesus Church-Our Pray Room
Changhua, Taiwan
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This place was originally an old abandoned piggery, but now a pl

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Category:
religion & memorial
Phase:
in use
Design:
TJC Arch Studio
Updated:
29 May 2015
introduction

This place was originally an old abandoned piggery, but now a place for Christian fellowship (worship service) after reconstruction. Hoping to draw attention of the church's existing cultural heritage, we invite the locals and church members to collaborate with us in design and construction.

 

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cultural and social context

During the Japanese-ruled-period, Christianity entered Wenzai Village. In that age of hunger , a rammed-earth house or a house’s courtyard could be the place for worship service.


More than ninety years later, this spring we celebrate the reconstruction of our old piggery, which becomes a place for fellowship, praying and relaxing. We hope people who come here can see the life traces of our ancestors from the old recycled building materials, and remember the good old memories in the village. Climbing up an old wooden ladder, you will see the old courtyard house, our former church, and also the beautiful sunset over the fish farm.

A worship in a house’s courtyard which near Our Pray Room

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Original view of the Piggery

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design workshop in the old courtyard house

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Participative Design Workshop

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Volunteer from church

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Volunteer of Wenzai Community Development Association

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Bat live in Wenzai

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materials and building techniques

“The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner. This is Jehovah's doing; It is marvelous in our eyes .Psalms 118:22-23” Every brick and tile from the ruins played an important role while building the prayer house. People may despise it before, but eventually its purpose will surprise everyone.

old windows retrieved from the Village

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old girder of traditional house we use

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Brick from the ruins

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making wailing wall

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The Ceiling in old locial style

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building and environment

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Church member

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The wailing wall in pray room

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Worship and social room

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Celebrate Worship

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The wailing wall which builted by the brick from ruins

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Feed basin of the old piggery

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children

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Children Worship in pray room

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technical drawings
drowing by Church members

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diagram

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diagram

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Exploded

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Exploded

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Exploded

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Elevation

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