The Leaf Chapel, designed by Klein Dytham Architecture in 2004, sits within the grounds of the Risonare Resort in Kobuchizawa, Japan, a refreshingly green setting with beautiful views to the Yatsugatuke peaks and Mount Fuji.
The chapel is formed by two leaves. The glass leaf with its delicate lace pattern motif emulates a pergola. The white steel leaf perforated with 4700 holes, each of which hold an acrylic lens, is similar to bride’s veil made of delicate lace. Light filters through the lenses and projects a lace pattern onto the white fabric inside.
At the end of the ceremony when the groom lifts the bride’s veil for the kiss the “steel veil” magically opens too, revealing the pond and the enchanting nature beyond. Then the wedding party carefully walks on the stepping stones across the pond where the lawn surrounded by trees welcomes them for the champagne toast.