KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan
 

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan

situated in the japanese city of isahaya, KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA has conceived the ‘konkokyo church‘ to provide a place of worship, a residence and a meeting space for believers. given the client’s brief to design a building that can be adapted to accommodate a range of functions, the concept behind the project began by first forming the church in the center of the scheme and then attaching various rooms that can be connected by movable partitions.

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom

all images © kai nakamura

 

 

the center of the building is home to the worshipping space itself, which is articulated by an exposed timber ceiling and a more than double-height volume. in this room, the architects have employed the use of a traditional japanese construction technique – a wooden lattice – that is shaped as the symbol of the konkokyo religion. in addition to creating a decorative and symbolic element, the pattern provides shielding from solar radiation while also functioning as a ‘transparent anti-seismic wall’, which has been confirmed by a performance verification test.

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom
the church in the center is surrounded by a traditional japanese construction technique – a wooden lattice that is shaped as the symbol of konkokyo religion

 

 

from the church, other rooms can be accessed thanks to the implementation of movable partitions, making it possible to join several areas together. in keeping with the brief and the generous spirit of the konkokyo religion, this design affords the flexibility to host large events, such as dance classes or study sessions for schoolchildren. regardless of individual beliefs, the architecture intends to provide a place for ordinary people to regularly gather, resulting in the creation of not only a church, but also a center for the community.

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom
view from the entrance

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom
the place between entrance and worship

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom
a movable partition allows people to connect to the place of worship from each room

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom

view of the main worshipping space

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom
meeting place

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom
rooms can be joined together to create large, flexible spaces

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom

outside approach

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom
a bird’s-eye view of the whole site

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom

the façade viewed in the evening

KEI SASAKI / INTERMEDIA uses a traditional construction technique to form church in japan designboom

diagram of the building – the architects first positioned a large place of worship in the center and then attached each room

 

 

project info:

 

project name: konkokyo church

project location: isahaya city, nagasaki, japan

architecture firm: KEI SASAKI/ INTERMEDIA

gross built area: 7190 ft2 (668 m2)

completion year: 2015

clients: konkokyo religion

 

collaborators:

 

structural design: hirotsugu tsuboi structural engineer co.ltd

equipment design: seed design engineer co.ltd

lighting plan: LIGHT・PLAN

photography: kai nakamura

 

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edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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