satoru hirota architects updates buddhist temple in tokyo satoru hirota architects updates buddhist temple in tokyo
jan 18, 2016

satoru hirota architects updates buddhist temple in tokyo

satoru hirota architects updates buddhist temple in tokyo
(above) the main shrine was completely renovated
all images courtesy of satoru hirota architects

 

 

 

local-based satoru hirota architects has rebuilt a temple in tokyo constructed in the japanese edo period. the new program includes the construction of a reception hall and priest’s headquarters. during World War II, the main shrine was destroyed in the air raids, and later on reconstructed but with little success. while the new plan took over the old temple shrine, the whole concept was to take this worship center, and give it a new life, placing it in a new era.

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two new buildings were added: the reception hall and the priest’s headquarters

 

 

 

located on a northeast corner, the site faces a schoolyard and children’s park. the precinct was not well ventilated and it lacked the cleanness of a religious space, two things the architects knew they had to work on. the main hall was kept and refurbish while the north side of the site was transformed completely into parking slots. the residential area was separated from the temple space in order to protect the family’s privacy.

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the main shrine represents the figure of erected time

 

 

 

the reception hall was arranged so it could direct to visitors to the innermost site through the yard, its halls provide a relaxed atmosphere that anticipates the spiritual tone of the temple. its walls are kept low, leading diffused light coming from the north, diffuse into the sacred space. at the same time, the shirakawa sand courtyard was planned so as to reflect the light into the reception hall.

 

the temple was reborn as a new space for prayer, and as a beloved landmark in the area.

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frontyard 

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the office is part of the new priest quarters

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this new building can be also used as temporary shelter in case of disaster

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the reception hall serves as a resting place fo worshipers

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it can be also used as a cafeteria and banquet hall

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in addition to lectures, and workshops, over events like music, theater, etc., can be placed here

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night view 

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night view

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night view from the street

 

 

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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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