The Ribbon chapel. Experimental & metaphorical architecture

Ribbon Chapel  NAP Architects  Hiroshima (5)

This amazing wedding chapel is designed by the Japanese firm Nap Architects and is located in the garden of the resort hotel Bella Vista Sakaigahama, in Onomichi, Hiroshima. The building is named The Ribbon Chapel symbolizing the union of the bride and groom, two individuals who lived separately until their union that takes place in the middle of nature (after the religious ceremony), on the rooftop, with the sea and forest as witnesses. Also, the two climb separately to the roof, in a ritual of preparation, and come down hand in hand.

Ribbon Chapel  NAP Architects  Hiroshima (3)

The building’s exterior is finished in titanium zinc alloy, a material resistant to rust and bending, and white wood panels that will grant the structure more beauty and distinction as time goes by.

Ribbon Chapel  NAP Architects  Hiroshima (6)

“By joining two spiral stairways so that one supports the other, we produced a free-standing structure. Just as two lives go through twists and turns before uniting as one, the two spirals seamlessly connect at their 15.4m summit to form a single ribbon. At the core of their movement is a chapel where the people who have supported the bride and groom are waiting. The chapel aisle looks toward an existing symbol tree.” (Hiroshi Nakamura, Nap Architects)

Ribbon Chapel  NAP Architects  Hiroshima (1)

Photo credits: Nap Architects (www.nakam.info)

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