Leaf Chapel, Yamanashi – Klein Dytham architecture

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Leaf Chapel, Japan : Yamanashi Architecture

ZONA: Contemporary Japanese structure – design by Klein Dytham architecture

26 Apr 2014 – new larger photos of this building added to this page

Leaf Chapel Yamanashi

Location: Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi, Japan

Date: 2004

Design: Klein Dytham architecture

This Japanese religious buildiing has a simple oval form, delicately patterned with leaves:

Leaf Chapel Yamanashi

The Leaf chapel is located within the grounds of the Risonare hotel resort in Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi, a refreshingly green setting with beautiful views to the southern Japanese Alps, Yatsugatake peaks and the iconic Japanese landmark of Mount Fuji.

Within a natural setting, the chapel mimics two leaves that have fallen to the ground, one on top of the other.

Thousands of holes in the leaves form the delicate image of a bridal veil. The light filtering through these holes creates an almost mystical scene during a wedding ceremony day or night.

Leaf Chapel Yamanashi

The garden chapel, ZONA was designed by KDa in May, 2004. ZONA received a silver award in 2005 from the D&AD Awards (Environment Design & Architecture section). These are the most prestigious international awards for the creative design and advertising industries.

ZONA means castle in Italian. The chapel is surrounded by the Southern Japan Alps and the Yatsugatake Mountains, and has a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji as well.

Leaf Chapel Yamanashi

Risonare, which means “to resonate” in Italian, was named to reflect the natural beauty of the area. Their aim is of living in harmony with both people and nature.

Risonare is one of the most engagingly designed hotels in Japan. It’s 70,000m2 property lies at the southern foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains. Risonare’s design emulates an Italian mountain village.

Mario Bellini is a well known Italian architect and industrial designer. He was born in 1935 and graduated with a degree in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1959.

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