Elegant Japanese wedding chapel mimics curved leaves
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Located on the verdant grounds of the Risonare Resort, the 80-person Leaf Chapel overlooks a manmade pond and views of Mt. Fuji, the southern Japanese Alps, and the Yatsugatake Mountains. The architects built the chapel into a hillside, allowing the glass “leaf” to serve as a curved skylight with a metal framework suggestive of the veins of a leaf. In contrast, the white steel leaf is mostly opaque and extends from the top of the venue down to pond edge. The interior is purposefully kept dark,...