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Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architects

Mary Help of Christian Church designed by Bangkok-based architect JUTI architects has recently won German Design Award 2020’s Excellent Architecture in Religious Space category from German Design Council. 

Project description by the architects:

Given the extension of Catholic community and the increasing in tourist in Samui island, Suratthani, who wishes to participate the mass in the then chapel, Bishop Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil, SDB, came up with the idea to build a new church and name it as Mary Help of Christian church. The selected architect, whom inspired by the church name, took part of the Holy Bible relating to holy Annunciation of Mary into his design as follow:

LUKE 1:35

In answer the angel said to her: “Holy spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you. And for that reason the one who is born will be called holy, God’s Son.

LUKE 1:38

Then Mary said: “Look, Jehovah’s slave girl. May it happen to me according to your declaration.” At that the angel departed from her.

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

From the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to Luke, 1:35 and 1:38, we can see that the appearance of Angle to convey the Holy message to Mary the virgin was in a humble and simple way yet powerful. It was to accept the Holy Spirit to possess her in order to bear the Redeemer in her womb. She sacrificed herself as a natural mean for human being survival.

"Safe as in mother's womb"

In designing the building, the architect intends to convey this message in a simple way with its internal space with light form that creates a feeling of security as in the mother womb.

a white Catholic Church in Thailand image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Building exterior was designed in a combined form of praying hands, Angle wings and the Rays of the Holy Spirit. The use of natural light through the skylight for interior lighting and shadow of cloud falling on the walls, represent the God mighty that is above all things created by human being. To realize this phenomena in a hot and humid environment of Samui island, the long and narrow light voids in combining with light weight insulation concrete wall running through then were design in order to create a shadow that keep changing with time yet retains the interior comfort.

Architectural Plan for a church Ground Floor Plan 

Roof PlanRoof Plan

“Integrated 2 classic layout plans”

The Layout plan is basically focus on classic cross planning of traditional church. Integrated with surrounding corridor planning of traditional Thai’s “Wat”(Temple). This corridor act as heat buffer and create shade to main activity area which is more match to tropical climate of Samui island, South of Thailand.

Architectural sectionsSections

Elevations Elevations 

“No decoration…… Best decoration”

Since the purpose of the church is for praying, the architect intends to minimize the symbolic decoration. Hence, the prayers would focus only on sacrament and its natural environment. Natural material with minimum process are selected, eg. white concrete wall, terrazzo floor, glass, natural white oak furniture and gray marble, were used for interior decoration. Prayers can humbly enjoy their peace of mind while embracing the Glories of the great Creator.

the white concrete exterior facade image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

a modern Catholic Church image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

the night view of the church image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

the building in the night illuminated with artificial light image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

chapel the interior of the church with a big cross of Jesus Christ in the middle image © Juti Klipbua

the wooden benches for sitting inside the church main hall image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

the cross of buses Christ made of wood with a narrow window at backside image © Juti Klipbua

the wooden benches image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Jesus Christ wooden cross image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

the entrance of the church image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

white staircase image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

the statue of Mary image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

light entering through skylight in the roof image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

white concrete columns in a curvy shape image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

natural light enters the church through roof skylight image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

skylight in the ceiling image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

statue of Maryam image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Jesus Christ wooden Cross image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Jesus Christs wooden cross in a Catholic Church image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

preacher sitting under Jesus Christ's wooden cross image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

wooden chair fo preachers image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

marble wall shelf image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

wooden bench image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

wooden partition image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

wooden door image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng) in Thailand by JUTI architectsimage © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

wooden shelves image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

exterior wall made of white concrete image © Peerapat Wimolrungkarat 

 

Project name: Mary Help of Christian Church (Chaweng)

Architecture firm: JUTI architects

Location: Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand

Completion year: 2018

Gross built area: 722.5 m²

Construction cost: 365,000 p (15,000,000 thb)

Lead Architects: Juti Klipbua จุติ กลีบบัว

Structural Engineer: Sqn.Ldr. Ronayutt Vongmanee น.ต.รณยุทธ วงศ์มณี

Contractor: Home base construction บริษัทโฮมเบส คอนสตรัคชั่น จำกัด

Owner: Suratthani Catholic Foundation มูลนิธิคาทอลิกสุราษฎร์ธานี

Photography: Peerapat Wimolrungkarat พีรพัฒน์ วิมลรังครัตน์Juti Klipbua จุติ กลีบบัว

 

 

 

 


By Naser N. Ibrahim

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