Kubo Tsushima's rainbow ornament in wedding chapel
Japanese Kubo Tsushima architects turned a steel panel-lined space into a light, airy, modern wedding chapel. Located in the Ebisu district of Tokyo, the chapel was originally an extension of a members-only salon. Heavy ornamentation, dark, gothic ambiance characterised the space, features that the new owner wanted to eliminate and replace with as much natural light as possible. The architectural team invited for the task, obviously got rid of the steel structure and replaces it with a line of vertical fins made of fiber cement board.
To let light in and to emphasize the singular oval shape of the room, the sills of the windows at the very top of the fins were painted with muted hues, following the sequence of rainbow along the walls. This gives the illusion that incoming light is coloured, while provides a surprisingly contemporary ornamentation of the otherwise minimal space. Apart from the top colourful strip the walls are kept in white. The custom-designed wooden chairs match the simple floor both material- and colour-wise.
Photos: Koji Fujii
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