Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio has recently completed Shinkoji Temple in Aichi, Japan
Located in an old town in Minami-ku Nagoya, the temple was designed to connect both sky and town. The multi-purpose space was thoughtfully created by the designers to attract people and to also perform as a public space in the town. By looking at the history of temple architecture, the firm noted the importance of creating a symbolic roof, and thus developed a thin and large single-pitch roof with 5m-gables that welcomes guests.
The two pillars that frame the building are likened to temple gates, and divide the building east and west by diagonally connecting 3.6m-high girders —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. 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.