© Fujinari Miyazaki

Japan 2018Land Chapel

Civic | Hospitality

We aimed to build a chapel which merges with the earth, building up a series of stacked “rings”. The ring signifies the pledge of marriage, and its shape symbolizes the cycle of life.

At the exterior, precast concrete rings are filled with earth, blending the building with its surroundings as the vegetation grows. At the interior, we stacked rings of sliced plywood to create a warm and organic forest-like room.

Team Eishi Sakamoto, Tomochika Miki*, Tessei Suma* Construction Yamakawa Giken Cooperation Kozo Keikaku Engineering Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Accumulation Yamakawa Giken Exterior Yamakawa Giken Illumination Daiko Electric Company Photography ©︎ Fujinari Miyazaki