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Chapel Of Sound

Prize(s) Winners in Interior Architectural Illumination
Company Ning Field Lighting Design Corp., Ltd.
Lead Designers Dongning Wang
Other Designer's names Li Hu, Guo Wei, Ling Junpan, Lin Gang
Client Aranya International Cultural Development Company
Photo Credits Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Other Credits Architect: OPEN Architecture; Structure M/E/P: Arup;
Completion Date Sep, 2021
Project Location Chengde, China
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Entry Description

Chapel of Sound, resembling a giant rock, sits in a peaceful valley near the Great Wall. The semi-enclosed auditorium is designed for optimal sound and seamlessly integrates with nature through various openings. The lighting design is not just for visual appeal, but also evokes emotions, humility, sensitivity, and warmth.

We aim to create strong contrasts between light and shadow to establish a rhythm. Visitors enter the performance hall by ascending a winding stair in a dimly lit, crevice-like gap between the inner and outer walls. The hall is fully lit by natural sunlight and artificial downlights. These downlights are flush-recessed into the ceiling, resembling grey holes, maintains the clean aesthetic of the poured-in-place concrete ceiling, allowing for easy maintenance and upkeep of the downlights without compromising the structural integrity.

The hall is designed for multiple scenarios, allowing it to work in different ambient light levels. Dark-light reflector downlights were chosen in the auditorium hall to provide enhanced visual comfort, so that the stars can still be seen through the big opening even when the artificial lighting is on.

Customized recessed wall lamps are used in the stairs, corridor and terraces, which are simply light openings in the concrete walls without visible lighting parts. Linear up lights are hidden in the upper part of the stacked laye
Company Description

Ning Field Lighting Design Founder/Chief Creative Director;
United Artists Lighting Design Founder/Chief Creative Director;
Professional Member of IALD
Member of IESNA;
Member of China Illuminating Engineering Society;
Member of Interior Lighting Committee;
China Arts Architecture Design & Research Institute: VP and Director of Lighting Design Research Center;
Architecture and Culture Society of China: Director of Lighting Art Committe
Executive Manager of 3rd Administrative Council;