Essentially just a pair of spiral staircases surrounding a glass-enclosed room, Japan's Ribbon Chapel is the latest in a wave of head-turning sculptural churches that's included a giant concrete cross, the world's largest treehouse, and one shaped like Batman's head. But with both seemingly floating spirals meeting at the top in a little coupling of their own, this is also chapel design at its most blatantly metaphorical. Designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura for the Seto Inland Sea Resort, this structure is still an eye-catching one-off on par with the enclosed garden he set on the side of a highway.
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