A wedding chapel in Japan borrows its name from a pair of seemingly entwined spiral staircases
Tokyo-based architect Hiroshi Nakamura has designed a wedding chapel located midway on a hill in the garden of the Bella Vista Sakaigahama resort in Onomichi, Hiroshima.
The 80 sq. m. chapel mirrors the act of marriage both architecturally and metaphorically. Like the twists and turns of life, the self-standing outer and inner staircases undulate before they unite at 15.4 m. to form a single ribbon. They also allow the bride and groom to take their own path and to descend as one, symbolising a traditional wedding ceremony.
On ascending, sceneries of the ocean, mountains, sky and distant islands successively appear and disappear. At the core of the spiral’s movement is a chapel aisle that stands before a tree, while 80 seats for family and friends look out on to the ocean through the trees. Continue reading “When two become one: Ribbon Chapel”