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Baisoin Temple

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Kengo Kuma & Associates
location Tokyo
function auditorium, religion
contributed by Nazar

A slanted black wall covered with deep-ribbed metal louvers is a contemporary edition of the tile roof that used to symbolize the temple. The metal louvers appear to change their color and shape in many different ways in response to the direction and intensity of the light. This roof is the sensitive antenna of natural phenomena, which serves to remind the people its changes. The bottom of the slanted wall of louvers is the entrance to the building. The louvers are rising up from the street level on which this building stands, allowing the city's activities to overflow into the building. In the same way as temples and churches used to serve as urban public spaces, I planned to integrate the city and the temple into one space. Inside of the temple, three halls are placed vertically. The hall on the first floor can be used for concerts accommodating 350 people.

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Baisoin Temple
Minamiaoyama 2-26-38
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