Worldwide appreciated architectural practice David Chipperfield Architects creates with solicitude and wisdom straight from the headquaters in the world's largest cities since 1985.
Inagawa Cemetery chapel and visitor centre is located on a steep site in the Hokusetsu Mountain Range of the Hyogo prefecture at a distance of 40 km from Osaka.
The building complex is formed into a marked threshold and blended into the landscape with no interruption, creating a counterpoint to the shrine, which is situated on the opposite side. The space is covered under sloping roof plane and gathered around a courtyard as to provide peacefull area for contemplation.
The garden space that surrounds the building of all the sides and is incorporated into the interior is inspired by the „palettes and textures of Japanese meadows and woodlands and a selection of grasses, shrubs and wildflowers are carefully juxtaposed”, the architects comment. The vivid garden is harmonically contrasted with earth-like red coloured concrete surface of the walls forming monolit sculpture.