Sayama Lakeside Cemetery
Sayama Forest Chapel
Sayama Forest Chapel

Recipient of the 2016 ARCASIA Award for Architecture “Building of the Year”

Exterior of Sayama Forest chapel

Interior view

All photos by Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

“Architecture is that which offers prayer together with the people praying inside.”
── Hiroshi Nakamura (architect)

The “Sayama Forest Chapel” as described by Hiroshi Nakamura who was involved in the project, is a building that was designed “with the intention to create a sense of unity in which the architecture itself seems to be offering prayer together with the people praying inside.” A more pure and new type of gassho-style building was realized through a cruk framing structure in which sets of two columns are made to stand leaning up against each other. Covering the roof are aluminum-cast sheets each bearing a size of 180 x 200 mm and a thickness of 4 mm, developed in collaboration with the casting artisans of Kawaguchi City. Due to challenging ourselves to make the sheets as thin as possible in order to be able to bend them by hand, the manufacturing process had proved extremely difficult. Each handmade sheet had a different current mark, which created a distinct and characteristic demeanor. The Sayama Forest Chapel that has welcomed visitors since its opening in 2013 has received numerous international architecture awards, and last year was honored as the recipient of the 2016 ARCASIA Award for Architecture “Building of the Year.”

Hiroshi Nakamura


photo by Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

1974 Born in Tokyo
1999 Master's degree, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meiji University
1997 Worked for Kengo Kuma & Associates (-2002)
2002 Established Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
http://www.nakam.info/

Awards
The Japan Institute of Architects Award/ JIA Award Excellent Architecture
AIJ Selected Architectural Designs 2015
JIA Sustainable Architecture Award
BCS Prize
JAAF Award Nichijiren Kenchikusho Shoreisho
JIA Young Architects Award
ShiKenchiku Award
Grand Prize, JCD Design Award
Gold Prize, GOOD DESIGN AWARD
Overall Winner, LEAF AWARDS 2015
Building of the Year, ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2016
Winner, WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 Winner
First Prize, ar+d Awards …etc

photo by Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

View from a cemetery area


Sayama Forest Chapel Awards

Building of the Year, ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2016
A+Award 2016 Popular Choice Winner in Typology Categories
Platinum in the ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN/ Small Architecture category in the 2016, American Architecture Prize
AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2015 highly recommended prize
Exterior of Sayama Lakeside Cemetery Community Hall

Sayama Forest Chapel / Credits and building outline

Location 2050 Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama-ken >MAP[PDF]  >Google Map
Primary use Chapel, Ossuary
Client Boenfukyukai Foundation
Architectural design Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
Structural engineering Arup
Supervision Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
Construction Shimizu Corporation
Scale Site area: 148.22㎡ Building area: 69.32㎡ Totol floor area: 110.49㎡ Underground floor: 41.17㎡ Ground floor: 69.32㎡ Building-to-land ratio: 46.76%(allowed: 60%) Floor area ratio: 74.54%(allowed: 100%) Floors: one above ground, one underground
Dimensions Maximum height: 9300mm Eave height: 9000mm Ceiling height: 7250mm(hightest)
Primary structure Steel-reinforced concrete and wood construction
Pilings foundation: Direct foundation (mat foundation)
Schedule Design schedule: April 2011 to September 2012
Construction schedule: December 2012 to January 2014

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Access

2050 Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama-ken
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Arriving by car
Approximately 30-minute drive from "Tokorozawa I.C" on the Kanetsu Expressway
Approximately 30-minute drive from “Ome I.C” on the Ken-O Expressway or from “Iruma I.C” via the Tokorozawa-Iruma bypass

Arriving by train
10-minute walk from “Seibu-Kyujo-mae Station” on the Seibu Sayama Line or the Seibu Yamaguchi Line (Leo Liner)

Arriving by train and car
10-minute drive from “Kotesashi Station” on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line
10-minute drive from “Kamikitadai Station” on the Tamatoshi-Monorail


For persons wishing to visit the facility
We would like to respond to visitation requests as much as possible, however please be informed that there are times when we cannot receive visitors depending on the use of the facility by our cemetery guests.
(Due to the large number of memorial service guests using the facilities on weekends and national holidays, we may not be able to receive visitors at their requested time of choice)

Please contact 04-2922-4411 in advance for information regarding the facility's usage schedule.
Once arriving at the facility, please inform the reception counter located within the visitor centre.

Reception hours: 9:00 - 16:00(17:00 Closed) *Closed on Wednesdays