Sayama Forest Chapel
Project Name:SAYAMA FOREST CHAPEL
Architecture Practice:HIROSHI NAKAMURA & NAP
項目名稱：SAYAMA FOREST CHAPEL
As befits a structure that strives to create a sense of serenity, Nakamura set off to create as little disruption as possible. To avoid cutting the surrounding trees, the architect instead decided to tilt the building’s walls away from them. As a result, the chapel houses the trees just as much as the trees house the chapel. At the same time, the tilting walls mean that the chapel becomes a Gassho-style structure; Gassho is a traditional Japanese architectural style, and refers to the design effect of two beams leaning against each other. However, Gassho has another meaning: It refers to the shape of hands in prayer which, as Nakamura claims, is the other pillar of his design philosophy for the Sayama Forest Chapel. “As people pray, so does the architecture”, notes Nakamura, who fit a series of gables that let in light and direct visitors to meditation into the chapel’s design. The chapel’s floor is also tilted; its end towards the street being one centimeter lower was with “the forward-bending posture for praying in mind”.
The chapel features interesting technical details too, from the 251 members of laminated Japanese larch forming its triangular frame, to the aluminum roof which is made out of aluminum tiles of six different sizes, with each aluminum tile having been individually hand-bent to adjust to the curvature of the roof.
The Sayama Forest Chapel will never be liked. But built to be serene and comforting, it just might be appreciated.
Sayama Forest Chapel永遠不會被喜歡。雖然建立了寧靜和安慰，但它可能會受到讚賞。
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