The 136-page publication (250mm x 180mm) is bound with an exposed spine and printed on Takeo Satogami paper, reminiscent of the traditional washi paper. It is arranged by season through the work of photographer Risaku Suzuki who visited the cemetery over the course of a year, capturing the changing conditions and atmosphere of the building and its interaction with the surrounding nature.
Risaku Suzuki’s images interleaf the texts which include an essay by Japanese author Toshiyuki Horie; a conversation between the photographer Thomas Struth, David Chipperfield and Hideyuki Osawa (Director of Boenfukyukai Foundation) examining art, architecture, patronage and cross-cultural connections; and reflections by Hideyuki Osawa and David Chipperfield on the ambitions and collaborative process of conceiving, designing and building the project and more.
A place to pray and rest 14
Returning to Japan 16
A note on the architecture 18
David Chipperfield Architects
Photographs by Risaku Suzuki
A conversation about places of prayer 39
David Chipperfield, Thomas Struth, Hideyuki Osawa
Photographs by Thomas Struth 55
At the stopping point 63
An awareness of the passage of time 87
TitleInagawa Cemetery Chapel and Visitor Centre
AuthorDavid Chipperfield Architects
PublisherLixil Publishing, Tokyo and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne