Project team:

Client: Prior Corporation
Architects: Kubo Tsushima – Hideaki Kubo and Yumi Tsushima

16. Oct 2015

Natural light on your wedding day! What else?

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

In the dynamic, colourful world we live in the rainbow will never lose its aura as something truly special. It combines serenity, tranquillity and confidence, the spirit required to overcome difficult times. Whenever a rainbow appears in the sky it conjures a smile on the viewer’s lips. And although it features all the colours that RGB technology can generate, it can rest assured that its unique quality will remain unchallenged, because it needs daylight and the natural constellation of the contradiction of sun and rain, to enter into a commitment to create something meaningful. A promise – and an apt concept for a wedding chapel.

The idea of incorporating a rainbow in a Christian wedding chapel is quite a bold step. That said, a white wedding and a festively white chapel is exactly what a rainbow needs in order to be able to fade discreetly into the background and yet remain omnipresent. In the wedding chapel in Ebisu, Tokyo/J the rainbow has moved in forever, free to give rein to its symbolic qualities. Long before the rainbow took on any form of religous meaning in the Christian context it performed the role of a Great Mother. In early Indian history the seven colours stood for the seven veils of the goddess Maya, behind which she created the colourful real world. And in Egyptian mythology we find the seven veils of Isis – a further reference to the Great Mother. The seven steps that Buddha took to descend from Heaven were in different colours, and in Ancient Greece Iris, goddess of the rainbow, was the personal messenger of Hera and therefore also the link between the two worlds. The rainbow is seen as a means of divine expression, a typical example of communication and symbolism on a visual level. In China rainbows are defined as having five colours and are interpreted as being the means by which yin and yang are interconnected, a sign of universal harmony In Islam the seven colours of the rainbow signify the divine qualities mirrored on earth. In India and Mesopotamia the seven colours stand for the seven heavens. […]

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The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 99

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