this buddhist temple in japan expresses a radiating timber roof structure — designboom

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— by kat barandy: japanese architecture firm persimmon hills architects completes a timber kannondō, or main hall to the buddhist houshouin temple for the once prosperous town of sugito. situated outside tokyo, the area has seen a decline in population and a gradual loss of its traditional community values. the temple, which had historically served as a centralized core to unite the neighborhood, has slowly lost this affiliation through the widespread commercialization of religious organizations and ceremonial occasions. in response to this context, the design team introduces an expressive open hall — the houshouin kannondō, adjacent to the preexisting temple — which feels both spiritual and accessible, generating a modern religious institution to revitalize the spirit of the community…

Image courtesy of Kenta Hasegawa

July 12, 2019


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