bakoko: doshisha chapel complex proposal bakoko: doshisha chapel complex proposal
jan 12, 2013

bakoko: doshisha chapel complex proposal

‘doshisha chapel complex’ by bakoko, kyoto, japanimage © bakoko



japanese firm bakoko and the engineers at structured environment has just shared with us their recently finished competition proposal for a christian community center on doshisha university’s campus in kyoto. the ‘doshisha chapel complex’ contains a center for worship and christian culture located on two adjacent sites bisected by a road. formed around the idea of the infinity symbol, the project is grouped into two functions, a place for gathering and a place for worship. the fluid structure is then a result of the different environmental and programmatic forces that push and pull on the spaces informing their specific heights. the rounded wall sections provide an ideal surface for light to reflect through the interior in a building that represents the ancient institution’s contemporary face, complete with an inhabitable parametric green roof. the peripheral circulation areas enclosed within a transparent glass perimeter offer areas for the public to meet in smaller groups and be part of the exterior gardens while enjoying the comforts of an acclimatized space.



green roofimage © bakoko



street level approachimage © bakoko



underpass between the two sections of the programimage © bakoko



chapelimage © bakoko



site renderimage © bakoko



floor plan / level 0






formal diagram



concept diagram

  • Ha ha how appropriate, doshisha is a women’s college and at first i thought this looks like a padded bra. Then i scrolled down and it morphed into a hygiene product. Or maybe a we-vibe. Could be anything, suppose it depends on the viewer!

    Gordon says:
  • How about adding some water source so it cascades all around the perimeter, and an incription of a quote by leonardo di vince or martin luther king?

    Gordon says:

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