An Ihaidō Designed to Modernize a 1316-Year-Old Buddhist Temple

“A place for calming one’s spirit.”

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The Japan-based firm Takashi Okuno Architectural Design Office
 constructed an ihaidō — a tablet memorial enclosure– in an 1316-year-old Buddhist temple.

Takashi’s architectural taste platforms Japanese minimalism through contemporary creations that modernize traditional customs and practices. Through the temporal cohesion, the imprint explores the inherent intertwining of space and nature with the use of naturally-sourced materials and open plans that allow for an abundance of natural light.

Atop the mountains of Tamagawa-chō, the company created a five-story structure on a steel framework. Features include exposed rafters, an all-wooden interior and 88-randomly-fitted glass panes that allow for the sanctuary to be engulfed in natural light that changes depending on the outside surroundings. “88” was used as a reference to “the number of sacred spots visited on an ohenro pilgrimage.” Forgoing technical construction, ensures that local craftsmen can maintain the space for many years to come.

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