located in the grounds of a luxury resort in japan, this wedding chapel designed by hiroshi nakamura has been configured as a double spiral, formed of two separate stairways. in order to ensure sea views, the structure has been elevated above the trees, with an observation platform at a height of 15.4 meters offering sweeping coastal vistas.

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners (also main image)
all images courtesy of hiroshi nakamura & NAP

 

 

in a reference to the union of marriage, the building’s dual stairways start at different locations before spiraling together to form one singular structure. the intertwining pathways also form the chapel’s roofs, eaves and walls, enclosing the central nave that contains seating for up to 80 guests.

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
the design is configured as a double spiral, formed of two separate stairways
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

 

 

in conjunction with a large oculus skylight, glass windows between the stairways allow the interior space to forge a close relationship with the surrounding environment, while minimizing dependance on artificial lighting. the building’s exterior is finished with painted timber panels clad with a titanium zinc alloy – a material resistant to damage from the sea breeze.

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
the reception hall can accommodate up to 80 guests
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
looking upwards at the centrally positioned oculus skylight
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
glass windows allow the interior space to forge a close relationship with the surrounding environment
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
the building’s exterior is finished with painted timber panels
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
the winding stairways take the bride and groom on separate journeys
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
an observation platform at a height of 15.4 meters offers sweeping coastal vistas
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
in order to ensure sea views, the structure has been elevated above the trees
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

hiroshi nakamura nap ribbon chapel spiral hiroshima japan designboom
the wedding chapel gently illuminated at dusk
image © koji fujii / nacasa and partners

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: ribbon chapel
completed: 2013
principal use: chapel
structure: S structure
site area: 2,500 sqm
total floor area: 80 sqm
building site: hiroshima, japan
structure design: ove arup & partners ltd

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