Seashore Chapel by Vector Architects

A concrete chapel raised above sand in Beidaihe, Beijing.

It is the closest building to the sea anywhere in the town, as Vector Architects wanted to create a more spiritual experience for visitors. But this proximity to the shoreline meant it had to be raised up on concrete columns. When the tide is out it is possible to take shelter underneath the structure, but when the tide is high the building becomes completely separated from land, making it much more difficult to enter. The building features a steeply pitched roof, concealed stained-glass windows and a generous balcony facing the ocean.