Shinkoji Temple | Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio - architecture and design

Shinkoji Temple | Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio

Designed by Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio, Plan for the temple?s main building to connect the sky and a town. The site is located in an old town in Minami-ku Nagoya city, where the traces of a shopping street still remained. Keeping the temple?s traditions in mind, we designed the temple aiming to construct a multipurpose space to attract people, and perform as a public space in the town.
Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
The construction was planned with the following considerations:

Firstly, two pillars as the building?s frames were likened to temple gates, and divide the building east and west by diagonally connecting 3.6m-high girders on these pillars?turning the road leading to the temple into part of the visual experience. Honzon, a principal object of worship, was arranged facing west on the first floor worship place. On the second floor, a multipurpose hall for the temple?s supporters was established. Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
In addition, a thin and large single-pitch roof with 5m-gables allowed us to achieve symbolic temple architecture. Lastly, vertically piercing the space are three top lights representing the three jewels: Butsu (Buddha), Ho (Dharma) and So (Sangha), the light shining down upon the top of the honzon provides a bright and friendly atmosphere. Also, people can feel this light even in the hall. From the temple gate, creating the gradation of brightness and darkness, the road leading to the temple appears, and follows the sky. While at the same time, ...

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