Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. The winner of the 4th edition is a small chapel by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura, which features extreme gables and a roof covered in 21,000 aluminium shingles. Nakamura and his Tokyo studio NAP created the Sayama Forest Chapel for a site at the edge of a forest, which forms part of the non-denominational Sayama Lakeside Cemetery in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture.

“I envisioned an architecture that reflects on the life as it lives by the water conserved by the forest, and eventually returns to this place after death… Thereupon, I found the forest to be the subject of prayer mutual to various religions and conceptualised an architecture that prays to the forest while surrounded by trees.”

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(via dezeen)

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