Enbutsu-do / Zai Shirakawa Architects

© Toru Kitamura

Architects: Zai Shirakawa Architects
Location: , Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Toru Kitamura, Daichi Ano

Project Area: 75.37 sqm
Site Area: 1,922.14 sqm
Client: Religious corporation Eifukuji

This project is composed of four wings including Enbutsu-do Hall at Eifuku-ji Temple in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan. Enbutsu-do Hall, house for chief priest, should be such a place as a cave which keeps his private life quiet from many visitors to the Temple.

© Toru Kitamura

Each of 77 windows cut oblique through the 700mm (max.) thick exterior walls has its own function, and plays its role freely in the thickness of the wall. The one that puts light from the sky in looks upward, and the other that interrupts summer light and accepts winter light looks northwards. Taking the surrounding elements of various scales such as visitor’s circulation, placement of the main hall, appearance of the mountain behind, and movement of the daylight into consideration, the windows with different inclinations are pierced on the exterior walls.

© Toru Kitamura

The building was completed in autumn, 2011.

View this project in Google Maps

* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
Cite: "Enbutsu-do / Zai Shirakawa Architects" 12 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=253439>