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Church of Seed

Lead DesignersFai Au
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public
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Entry Description

Church of Seed is located at one of the seven renowned Taoist Mountains. The client intends to develop a small church for the surrounding villages. This church provides not only worship space for Christians, but also gathering place for the village people.

The design is triggered by the story of a seed in the Bible. A curve which marks the enclosing wall splits into three: the south east facing wall has a cross shape opening which invites the morning sun, the solid west facing wall blocks the afternoon sun, and the cavity of the north facing wall accommodates toilet facility. The stepping roof terrace allows diffuse northern daylight into the interior and allows visitors to walk up to the observation deck and enjoy the mountain view.

Church of Seed is constructed with bamboo textured concrete, harmonizing with the surrounding landscape. The presence of the church is humble and blending with village life.


O Studio Architects is an architectural practice devoted to the contemplation, research and design of the contemporary built environment. Recently focusing on both public and private projects in Hong Kong and the Greater China Region, the practice has diverse body of works includes mainly cultural, institutional and educational buildings.

Awards and Prize

Winner, 2020 Architectural Record's Design Vanguard | Winner, 2020 Red Dots Design Award | Winner, 2019 Good Design Award | Exhibitor, 2018 Venice Biennale Hong Kong Pavilion | Co-curator, 2017 HKSZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture | Silver Award, 2016 IDA Design Awards-Interior Category | Silver Award, 2016 IDA Design Awards-Architecture Category | Shortlisted, 2016 ARCHASIA Awards for Architecture | Finalist, 2015 HKIA Annual Awards for Special Architectural Award | Merit Award, 2015 Design for Asia Awards | Young Architect Prize, 2014 Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Awards | Commendation Entry, 2013 WKCDA Arts Pavilion Design Competition | Merit Award, 2012 HKIA Annual Award | Certificate of Excellence, 2012 Perspective Awards | Short-listed, 2012 WKCD Xiqu Center Design Competition | Medal of the Year, 2011 HKIA Annual Award | Winner, 2012 Perspective 40 under 40 Award | Winner, 2011 World Architecture Community Award | Short-listed, 2011 World Architecture Community Award | Nominee, 2010 China Media Architecture award, Young Architect Prize | Runner-up, 2010 ULI/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition | Champion, 2007 Hong Kong Young Architect Award | First Prize, 2007 HKYAA Design Competition | Honorable Mention, 2006 East Asian Game Venue Design Competition