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St. Joseph Technical Senior High School
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2020 / October

Lin Min-hsuan /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Brandon Yen



Completed in 1960, the Chapel Building of St. Joseph Tech­nical Senior High School in Taitung City is a work of the late Swiss architect Justus Dahinden.

A four-story building in the brutalist style, it features rough, bare béton brut walls. Simple geometric lines govern the shapes of both the neat rows of rainwater outlets on the parapets on the front façade and the long span of shade-casting vertical bars in the rear. On the wall that flanks the spiral staircase are ir­regu­larly spaced rectangular openings of various sizes. Framing picturesque views, they bring some variety to the other­wise unadorned concrete building.

The chapel is situated in an enclosed space on the top floor. Natural light is filtered through a skylight above the altar and through apertures below the pitched roof, complementing the luminosity of the stained-glass windows depicting the Stations of the Cross in the wall to the right of the pews. When the sun shines through the stained glass, projecting multicolored patches of light upon the wooden seats, the chapel becomes utterly enchanting.

The Chapel Building, whose defining style lies in its distinctive structural “plates,” originated in a fundraising campaign launched by Rev. Jakob Hilber of the Bethlehem Mission Society in order to establish a vocational school in Taitung. Over the past 60 years, the school has educated many talented people, testifying to the selfless work of foreign missionaries in Taiwan.         

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公東高工

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位於台東市區,竣工於1960年的公東高工聖堂大樓,是瑞士建築師達興登(Justus Dahinden)的作品。

四層樓高的清水模建築,牆面粗獷不經修飾,正面的女兒牆上,排水口整齊排列,與背面裝飾著大面積的垂直格柵遮蔭,呈現出工整簡約的幾何線條。在樓梯轉角處的立面,另外切割出大小錯落的方型孔洞,自然的景致鑲嵌其中,樸實的泥作建築因此增添了幾分色彩。

規劃在頂樓的聖堂,室內封閉,僅透過聖壇頂部的天窗與斜屋頂的縫隙,導入些許光源,與右側牆上鑲嵌彩窗所描繪的耶穌「十四苦路」故事相互輝映,營造出寧謐莊嚴的宗教氛圍。而當陽光穿透花窗,在座椅上投射出七彩的光束,更為聖堂添加了魔幻之美。

這棟以獨特的「板結構」所興建的建築,最早由天主教白冷外方傳教會神父錫質平(Jakob Hilber),為了興辦技職學校,經多方籌備募款才創立。60年來,不僅培育出無數優秀專業人才,也是敬虔的傳教士對於這片土地無私奉獻的最佳見證。

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