Tokyo Church of Christ
Maki and Associates
Tomigaya, Tokyo, 1995

Chapel of St. Ignatius


Church of the Light

All Saints Margaret Street

Tokyo Church of Christ


The nave is bare and simple, focussed on a wall decorated only with a cross.  This wall is composed of a steel Vierendeel truss with several layers of fabric hung in it to create a lighting condition that changes, but always emphasizes the cross.  The fabric lets light in while excluding views to the main street, isolating the worshipper from the outside world, a theme in many urban churches.  The ceiling is bowed, alluding to the arches of older churches, but also borrowing from Asian temple architecture which uses arched and domed ceilings to represent the overarching sky. 

Side panel: Edwin Heathcote, Church Builders, (Chichester: Academy Editions, 1997), p. 198.
Figure 4:  Ibid, p. 200.
Figure 5: Takao Fujiki, Religious Facilities, (Tokyo: Meisei Publications, 1997), p. 42.

Page by: Michelle Chan, M.Arch.I (M1), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Last modified: March 5, 2000