Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Leaf Chapel by Klein Dytham Architects

Leaf Chapel or some call it Wedding Chapel . Poetic place created for romantic event, forget about the form and forget about grand, being romantic, being poetic this is architecture.

Take the idea from Church on water, bringing the nature into the chapel rather than pulling out to it, because the most beautiful scene is to be seen is out of it, not in it

Design Statement Retrieved from worth to explore.

The Leaf chapel sits within the grounds of the Risonare hotel resort in Kobuchizawa, a refreshingly green setting with beautiful views to the southern Japanese Alps, Yatsugatuke peaks and Mt.Fuji.

The chapel is formed by 2 leaves - one glass, one steel - which have seemingly fluttered to the ground. The glass leaf with its delicate lace pattern motif emulates a pergola and the structure holding it up reminds one of the veins of a leaf which slowly become thinner the further they get from the central stem.

The white steel leaf, perforated with 4700 holes, each of which hold an acrylic lens, is similar to bride's veil made of delicate lace. Light filters through the lenses and projects a lace pattern onto the white fabric inside.

At the end of the ceremony when the groom lifts the bride’s veil for the legendary kiss the ‘steel veil’ magically opens too, revealing the pond and the enchanting nature beyond.


Oliver van Poucke said...

The leaf chapel is really the most wanted place to marry for all kinetic architecture enthusiastic people!!!

Oliver van Poucke said...

some additional information about the structure can be found here