Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: T.Morita

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

    Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio

Miho Institute of Aesthetics - Chapel

Shigaraki, Japan

Design 2008 - 2010

Construction 2010 - 2012

I.M. Pei Architect (Hiroshi Okamoto-Project Architect), I.O. Architects-Associate Architects, Masatoyo Ogasawara Architects-Local Executing Architect

Clad with 51 custom warping stainless steel panels and an interior of over 8,000 individually formed Japanese red cedar wood planks, the tear drop shaped Miho Institute of Aesthetics Chapel is the physical and spiritual center of a new private secondary school in the mountains of Shigaraki, Japan.

Commissioned by a private client whose ambition is to build a holistic school of living which incorporates natural agriculture, beauty, and aesthetics. The 240 seat chapel is I.M. Pei’s last significant work.