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Church of the light

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Tadao Ando
location Osaka
function church
contributed by Arno

This church is a small structure on the corner of two streets at Ibaraki, a residential neighbourhood. It is located 25km north-northeast of Osaka in the western foothills of the Yodo valley railway corridor. The church has an area of roughly 113 m². The church was planned as an add-on to the wooden chapel and minister's house that already existed at the site. The Church of the Light consists of three 5.9m concrete cubes (5.9m wide x 17.7m long x 5.9m high) penetrated by a wall angled at 15°, dividing the cube into the chapel and the entrance area. One indirectly enters the church by slipping between the two volumes, one that contains the Sunday school and the other that contains the worship hall. The benches, along with the floor boards, are made of re-purposed scaffolding used in the construction. A cruciform is cut into the concrete behind the altar, and lit during the morning (as it is facing east). It took more than two years to complete.

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Church of the light
Kita-kasugaoka 1
Project is public!
Opening hours Daily from 10.00 till 18.00 h.
How to get there? Take JR line (Tokaido Honsen line) from Osaka station to Ibaraki. It takes 12 minutes. Then take Kintetsu bus from Ibaraki station bound for Kasugaoka Park. Get of the bus at Kasugaoka Park. Then 2 minutes walk to Church of light.
Completion 2- 1999
Floor area/size 113 m2
ArchitectTadao Ando
Project ID 7743
Latitude/Longitude 34°49'07N 135°32'14E
Contributed by Arno
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