Miho Institute of Aesthetics, Chapel

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.

The ambition of the client was to build a holistic school of living which incorporates natural agriculture and aesthetics. The 240 seat chapel is I.M. Pei’s last significant work.

Photo Credit: Higashide Photo Studio