in a quiet residential neighborhood in the suburbs of Osaka, the small
Christian church made of silky smooth concrete sits modestly within its
environment.The communal church
consists of two rectangular volumes that are both cut at a 15 degree
angles by freestanding concrete walls.One indirectly enters the church by slipping between the two
volumes, one that contains the Sunday school and the other that contains
the worship hall.
space of the chapel is defined by light, by the strong contrast between
light and shade.In the chapel
light enters from behind the altar, from a cruciform cut in the concrete
wall that extends vertically from floor to ceiling and horizontally from
wall to wall, aligning perfectly with the joints in the concrete.From this cruciform shape an abstract and universal light seems to
be floating on the concrete wall, its rays extending and receding over
time with the movement of the sun.Light
is also permitted to seep into the interior from the slicing of the volume
by the freestanding concrete wall.The
darkness of the chapel is further accentuated by the dark and
rough-textured wood of the floor planks and the pews which are built out
of reused wood used during construction as scaffolding.
contrast to the darkness of the chapel the interior of the Sunday school
is built of lighter colored wood with a smooth surface. The volume of the
Sunday school opens up to a double height space with a mezzanine level
that contains a small kitchen, bench and table which are used for
volume containing the Sunday school also has light that penetrates the
space through the slicing of the volume by the freestanding concrete wall.The space comes alive not only with ever changing light but also
through the voices of children singing, sounds of the piano, adults
enjoying a meal of soba noodles after Sunday worship and laughter.
with special thanks to Ko Teramoto
How to visit
JR Osaka station take JR line to JR Ibaraki station (13 min.).
here take Kintetsu-bus to Kasugaoka-koen bus stop (10min.).
church is located to the northwest 100 meters.