Architects: Yasui Hideo Atelier
Location: Kochi, Kochi
Architect In Charge: Yasui Hideo Atelier
Area: 18202.0 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier
From the architect. When I was young, I travelled following “Le Corbusier”.
I was totally impressed the “Senaque Abbay” located in Provance, south France, a architecture’s sacred ground. And I wholeheartedly visited convents so called ‘ three sisters of Provance ‘.
I returned to Lyon, where I visited “La Tourette Monastery” deeply impressed by the perfect combination of light and darkness. I could not move, just I was looking at the lights coming from the glasses of the convent.
“LaChapelle de Ronchamp” was my final destination. One sunny day I found it quietly standing like a swan just flew down on the ground. There was sufficient light coming down inside like a shower, which has been totally took into account as effect. I have never experienced such situation in my whole life, felt like I received a great gift as a finale of my long journey, and I strongly talked to myself that someday, I wanted to design an architecture that would move people’s emotion
I want to design architecture powerful and strong but have beauty in them.
I want to create architecture full of lights
After years later, I was requested to design a small church in Kochi, thus I thought I would take this opportunity to realize what I had been nursing for a long time, in other words, interpreted what had moved me in my journey in Longchanp; an architecture like a swan flew over, an architecture shows different images as light changes in a day, an architecture that has a power to change one’s everyday life to a moment of celebration and special. It is my utmost pleasure if my church could make assists a happy moment of happy couples.
I named my Church as ‘Modern Longchanp’.