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Skyscraper-like church fits into awkward city plot

Skyscraper-like church fits in...
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church fits a 11,000 sq m (roughly 118,400 sq ft) house of worship into a small and awkward inner-city plot
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church fits a 11,000 sq m (roughly 118,400 sq ft) house of worship into a small and awkward inner-city plot
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church's interior measures 11,000 sq m (roughly 118,400 sq ft)
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church's interior measures 11,000 sq m (roughly 118,400 sq ft)
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is squeezed into a small and awkward plot in Hong Kong
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is squeezed into a small and awkward plot in Hong Kong
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is topped by a "Sky Chapel" that offers views over Hong Kong
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is topped by a "Sky Chapel" that offers views over Hong Kong
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church's interior includes residences, as well as office spaces and areas of worship
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church's interior includes residences, as well as office spaces and areas of worship
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church rises to a height of 95.8 m (311 ft)
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church rises to a height of 95.8 m (311 ft)
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church fits a 11,000 sq m (roughly 118,400 sq ft) house of worship into a small and awkward inner-city plot
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church fits a 11,000 sq m (roughly 118,400 sq ft) house of worship into a small and awkward inner-city plot
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church was completed in 2018 but just recently officially opened
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church was completed in 2018 but just recently officially opened
"Wesleyan House building defines its skyline by slanting gently and subtly from the base to the top to project its image as a religious institution," says Rocco Design Architects
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"Wesleyan House building defines its skyline by slanting gently and subtly from the base to the top to project its image as a religious institution," says Rocco Design Architects
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is slated to receive the local Hong Kong BeamPlus green building rating and its glazing has been situated to maximize daylight inside, while the building's layout also promotes natural ventilation
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Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is slated to receive the local Hong Kong BeamPlus green building rating and its glazing has been situated to maximize daylight inside, while the building's layout also promotes natural ventilation

Visitors to the Wesleyan House Methodist International Church will now be able to get closer to the heavens – literally – thanks to an unusual house of worship by Rocco Design Architects. Referred to as a "skyscraper church" by the firm, it rises to a height of 95.8 m (311 ft) in Hong Kong.

Probably best considered more of a high-rise than a proper skyscraper, Wesleyan House Methodist International Church's design was conceived for practical reasons. Rocco Design Architects was commissioned to fit 11,000 sq m (roughly 118,400 sq ft) of church space into a challenging teardrop-shaped corner plot measuring just 800 sq m (8,600 sq ft), so the only real option was to build upward.

Wesleyan House Methodist International Church rises to a height of 95.8 m (311 ft)
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church rises to a height of 95.8 m (311 ft)

The building's interior features an entrance lobby on the ground floor, with a main sanctuary and congregation hall above, church offices above those, and pastoral residences further up still. A sky chapel is installed at the very top that offers views of Hong Kong.

"Wesleyan House building defines its skyline by slanting gently and subtly from the base to the top to project its image as a religious institution," says the firm. "The resulting skyscraper church offers unique opportunities to create signature spaces for worship. The sky chapel on the top floor of the tower boasts sweeping views of the harbor to the north and the hills to the south, creating a unique space that takes advantage of the beauty of the surroundings."

Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is topped by a "Sky Chapel" that offers views over Hong Kong
Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is topped by a "Sky Chapel" that offers views over Hong Kong

The project is slated to receive a local green building rating and has an element of sustainable design. Its glazing has been carefully situated so as to maximize daylight inside and its orientation promotes natural ventilation.

Wesleyan House Methodist International Church was completed in 2018 but just recently officially opened.

Source: Rocco Design Architects

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