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October 10, 2011

super mega underground church | beck group + gansam

‘super mega underground church’ by beck group + gansam, seoul, south korea

images courtesy of beck group

U.S. based architectural practice beck group and seoul-based firm gansam have collaborated to propose ‘super mega underground
church’, a spiritual facility for the city of seoul, south korea. this urban site must accommodate over 40,000 people every sunday,
the majority of whom arrive by subway. the design called for a 6,500 seat worship sanctuary, offices for the church’s global ministry,
a 300 seat chapel, fellowship / classroom spaces, 250 parking spaces and a public plaza. the design solution features the worship
sanctuary underground, covered only by the public plaza, and sky above.

flanking the worship center on the north and south, the remaining program is projected upwards into two towers that are unified
at three levels with a sky bridge. to give further emphasis on the sky above, the massing of the two towers and sky bridge is extruded
at an angle about the elliptical plaza, and wrapped in clear vision glass to give unobstructed views inside and out.

interior views surrounding sanctuary

interior views of subway connection

interior views of education tower

site plan


aerial view / site section

cutaway plans

circulation diagrams

sunscreen analysis