The topping out ceremony was celebrated this weekend for the new chapel and visitor centre of Inagawa Reien cemetery. Forty kilometres north of Osaka, the cemetery is situated on a steep mountainside of the Hokusetsu chain in the Hyogo prefecture. The two buildings are arranged around a new sheltered garden, serving as a threshold between the outer world and a quieter space for commemoration. Rough sandblasted red concrete volumes form an intimate complex that is in tune with the dominant slope of the site. Completion of the new building is due in 2017.