The Luce Memorial Chapel is a Christian chapel on the campus of Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan. It was designed by the architect and artist Chen Chi-Kwan in collaboration with the firm of noted architect I. M. Pei, and named in honor of the Rev. Henry W. Luce, an American missionary in China in the late 19th century and father of publisher Henry Luce.
The project was originally planned in April 1954 but put on hold until July 1960. Construction took place from September 1962 until November 1963.
The chapel occupies a 12,000 sq. m site on campus and is set on an irregular hexagonal base, providing 477 sq. m of gross floor area. The church itself is a curved, tent-like structure rising as a hyperbolic paraboloid to 19.2 m high and establishing a central focal landmark on the campus.
The chapel was executed in reinforced concrete with its form providing earthquake stability. Construction involved elaborate formwork by local craftsmen. Ribs reinforce the curved surfaces and thicken as they descend, preventing buckling while expressing structural forces. The exterior is covered by glazed diamond-shaped tiles, and on the interior, thicker diamond-shaped concrete coffers at the bottom gradually diminish in size as they near the top since stresses are concentrated near the ground.
Each year, around 5,000 students graduate from this University. Some of the ceremonies will be held in this Chapel.
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Photo taken in Tunghai University, No. 1727, Section 4, Taiwan Boulevard, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 40704
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