…The leaf chapel is really the most wanted place to marry for all kinetic architecture enthusiastic people…..
Design statement by Klein Dytham.
“The Leaf chapel sits within the grounds of the Risonare hotel resort in Kobuchizawa, a refreshingly green setting with beautiful views to the southern Japanese Alps, Yatsugatuke peaks and Mt.Fuji.
The chapel is formed by 2 leaves – one glass, one steel – which have seemingly fluttered to the ground. The glass leaf with its delicate lace pattern motif emulates a pergola and the structure holding it up reminds one of the veins of a leaf which slowly become thinner the further they get from the central stem.
The white steel leaf, perforated with 4700 holes, each of which hold an acrylic lens, is similar to bride’s veil made of delicate lace. Light filters through the lenses and projects a lace pattern onto the white fabric inside.
At the end of the ceremony when the groom lifts the bride’s veil for the legendary kiss the ‘steel veil’ magically opens too, revealing the pond and the enchanting nature beyond.”
After leaving the chapel towards the garden, the 11 ton heavy steel leaf with a diameter of 15m closes again. An integrated leaver mechanism, with a 7,5 KW motor and a lifting power of 16t, opens in 38 seconds and closes in 45 seconds. The turning process needs to be activated by 4 persons simultaneously and is secured additionally with 2 infrared sensors.
The leaf chapel is therefore the most wanted place to marry for all kinetic architecture enthusiastic people.
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