CHAPEL ON THE WATER

Hokkaido,
Japan
Tadao Ando

 

A restrained glass and concrete temple sits at the edge of slow moving pool of water now covered in snow. The path begins with a series of steps into an open spade featuring four large concrete crosses in front of four large glass walls. A narrow flights leads one down into the temple to focus on the single cross isolated in the pool of water. A large glass door opens the entire front the temple creating an intimate connection with the water and woodland beyond.

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