in japan, tezuka architects designed a duo-purpose building that serves both as a chapel and a kindergarten at the same time. the unlikely pairing of programs see a low-rise circular building, wrapped with glass sliding doors and the roof serving as an area for the children to play and use.

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demonstrated in both the areas for learning and worshiping, a consistent material –timber– has been used throughout. tezuka architects used a total of 20,000 pieces of cedar wood in the scheme’s construction. the chapel is situated at the core of the volume; a peaceful secular space that is dramatically illuminated by a single skylight highlighting the cedar-wrapped back wall featuring a single cross.

inside the chapel



‘the protestant church with simple yet sacred presence is composed. a silent and sacred prayer space and secular space with energetic sound of children. the combination of the two inextricably linked spaces is the essence of this architecture..’tezuka architects

entrance into the chapel

a single skylight opens up to illuminate the back wall

a total of 20,000 pieces of cedal wood was used outside and inside

the roof top is used by the children, with the building itself situated in a playground

the exterior at night









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