Agri Chapel is a Japanese-wooden chapel with a fractal structure system designed by Yu Momoeda Architecture. They tried to design the building as a new gothic style chapel, by using Japanese wooden system. The site is surrounded by a large national park overlooking the sea.
We tried to connect the activity of the chapel to the natural surroundings seamlessly. In Nagasaki, there is an oldest wooden gothic chapel in Japan known as “Ohura-Tenshudou”. This chapel is not only a famous tourist point, but a place loved and cared by the townsfolk. We tried to design the building as a new gothic style chapel, by using Japanese wooden system.
We created a pendentive dome by piling up a tree-like unit that extends upward by shrinking and increasing.
We could provide usable open space by reducing the pillars near floor level. These tree-like units are constructed by Japanese wooden system. The four corner bearing walls undertake the horizontal force, and the inner wooden unit supports roof load which count up to 25 tons.