intricate white veil tops st. voile chapel by kasahara design work
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sited on the banks of niigata’s shinano river, this wedding chapel completed by japanese architects kasahara design work is topped with an intricate white veil. serving as a visual metaphor for marriage, a series of pipes organically climb the chapel’s interior before interweaving and uniting at their eventual summit.

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the chapel’s interior is topped with an intricate white veil
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ensuring a bright and almost ethereal atmosphere, the scheme’s brilliant white surfaces reflect the pure daylight entering from above, while an arched aperture behind the church’s altar frames a view of the building’s natural surroundings. externally, the narrow building is clad with a natural slate that allows the chapel to sit comfortably within its landscape.

kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
a series of pipes climb organically, interweaving and uniting
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kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
the tubes unite at their eventual summit
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kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
an arched aperture behind the church’s altar frames a view of the building’s natural surroundings
image © nacasa & partners

kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
the scheme’s brilliant white surfaces reflect the pure daylight entering from above
image © nacasa & partners

kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
after dark the chapel takes on a different atmosphere
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kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
the night sky serves as a stark contrasting backdrop
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kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
the view from above
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kasahara design work st. voile chapel japan designboom
the narrow building is clad with a natural slate finish
image © nacasa & partners

 

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