Ribbon Chapel: An Architectural Metaphor for a Lifetime of Love

By: | February 28th, 2015

Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects have designed a uniquely Japanese wedding venue, first completed in 2013, called the Ribbon Chapel in the garden at Bella Vista Sakaigaham Resort in Onomichi, Hiroshima, overlooking the Inland Sea of Japan.

The Ribbon Chapel features two separate intercoiling staircases that are used after the wedding ceremony to symbolize the intertwining of life that is marriage. The two staircases are made of timber-clad staircases that swirl around the exterior of the wedding chapel and come together at the top. At that point, the newlyweds pray to the gods for a long and prosperous union.

Following is a biography of Hiroshi Nakamura courtesy of www.springer.com:

Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects 210 Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura (b. 1974) founded the firm NAP Architects in Tokyo in 2003 after studying at Japan’s Meiji University and working for Kengo Kuma.

Nakamura now works on building projects both at home and abroad in places such as Kuwait and Beijing. He also develops interior designs, such as that for the Nike Tokyo Design Studio. His light designs are particularly notable. The House SH he designed is located in a residential neighborhood of Tokyo that is so densely built up that natural lighting could only be obtained from above.

Nakamura pushed out one side of the building to create a convex hollow, which now allows in varying types of light depending on the weather. Another example is the bath room in the Necklace House in Yamagata, the external walls of which are equipped with innumerable small openings, allowing small points of light to flood the entire space.

For more from Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects, visit their website.

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