Space for Prayer

This little chapel, recently finished by Kouichi Kimura Architects is located in a room of a larger building in Shiga, Japan. The aesthetic of the space is inspired by the words of the bible, specifically the passages dedicated the concept of light and darkness. Kouichi Kimura explains his vision:

It goes without saying that the location and amount of light influence the expression of the symbolic light. Therefore, I decided that the only light coming into the place of worship would be from behind of the cross.

Thanks to this lighting solution, the cross appears to be floating in the air. The white wall reflects the light and illuminates the space even further. And the sharp contrasting introduction of the black colour, enveloping the outer perimeter, accentuates the lightness of the central area.

Photography by Takumi Ota