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Birch Moss Chapel / Kengo Kuma and Associates

Birch Moss Chapel / Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Chapel  · 
Nagano, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015
  • Project team

    Masafumi Yukimoto, Ayumu Shimotsukasa
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Text description provided by the architects. Our idea was to obliterate the small chapel into Karuizawa’s white birches.

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 We randomly put up structural bodies made with steel covered by trunks of birch, as though they were the trees in the forest. They support the glazed roof of the chapel, and benches are made of glass and acrylic. We covered the floor with moss inside and outside of the chapel, successfully making the chapel disappear into the birches.

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Courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates

 On the approach toward the chapel, a heart-shaped artwork by French artist Jean –Michel Othoniel was placed.

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Courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Address: Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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Cite: "Birch Moss Chapel / Kengo Kuma and Associates" 11 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/912713/birch-moss-chapel-kengo-kuma-and-associates/> ISSN 0719-8884
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桦树苔藓教堂 / 隈研吾建筑都市设计事务所

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