You don’t expect to stumble upon incredible architecture on a random walk through the woods. Yet, the Sayama Forest Chapel exists and delivers just that.
The three-year-old building, designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, was designed to imitate a star and two hands pressed in prayer when viewed from above. The chapel is inspired by the traditional Japanese structural form, “Gassho-zukuri.” The aim of the project was to create a welcoming traditional venue that still allows room for the surrounding forest to grow and retain its shape. Nakamura, while talking to Yellowtrace said, “For those who are in deep grief and inconsolable, how can architecture nurture them? With this in mind, I designed buildings that gently surround them and support their intentions.” Check out some images of the structure below and find more splendid works from the group on their website.