When two become one: Ribbon Chapel

Intertwined spiral staircases meet to form this simple yet stunning chapel
Intertwined spiral staircases meet to form this simple yet stunning chapel/ Photography: Koji Fujii/ Nacasa & Partners Inc; courtesy the architect

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 Ribbon Chapel's seemingly intertwined spiral staircases
The Ribbon Chapel’s seemingly intertwined spiral staircases/ Photography: Koji Fujii/ Nacasa & Partners Inc; courtesy the architect

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.

Photography: Koji Fujii/ Nacasa & Partners Inc; courtesy the architect

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”