juyosho visitors center at the homangu kamado shrine by wonderwall + jasper morrison
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the design of the new juyosho visitors center at the homangu kamado shrine in dazaifu, proposes a space where the shrine could sell ofuda and omamori, talismans and charms to bring good fortune and ward off evil. in a joint collaboration between masamichi katayama of japanese studio wonderwall, jasper morrison, the building was conceived in the image of a ‘hearth surrounded by an earthen floor,’ says katayama, ‘a reflection of the uniqueness of the land, which is called kamadoyama because its shape resembles a cooking hearth.’

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the idea of love and compassion is expressed throughout the interior facade with the random placement of pink-hue gradients of marble tiles, with the shrine’s crest positioned amid the cherry blossom motifs used on the ceiling and walls. on the kamado shrine’s viewing deck, benches by jasper morrison are interspersed around the expansive platform, built with rotating seats to provide visitors with the freedom to sit in a variety of directions.

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exterior view of the juyosho visitors center
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the building was designed around the image of a ‘hearth surrounded by an earthen floor’
image © nacasa & partners

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the interior facade features pink-hue gradients of marble tiles
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on the kamado shrine’s viewing deck, benches by jasper morrison are interspersed throughout the terrace
image © nacasa & partners