kwas: new cross tower
 
kwas: new cross tower
jan 26, 2010

kwas: new cross tower

top of new cross tower all images courtesy of kwas

kwas architecture has added a cross tower to an existing church to aid in its recognition as a religious structure in tokorozawa, japan. its previous gymnasium like appearance created a poor reflection of its christian community and religious activities.

kwas: new cross tower

new cross tower is designed as a 7.8m height arch with a cross on top. it is made of steel plate 500mm wide and 28mm thick. the use of a single material from the ground to top represents the connection between heaven and earth.

kwas: new cross tower

kwas: new cross tower

kwas: new cross tower

kwas: new cross tower

in terms of its production, it uses a technique called plate forming, a production method used in shipbuilding. the steel plate is gradually twisted toward the bottom facing outside, strengthening the structural stability. this outward shape is meant to create a welcoming gesture which enables the tower to serve as a gate for people to walk through daily or during ceremonial occasions.

kwas: new cross tower

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