Yukata Kawahara Studio design the Ekouin Nenbutsudo Temple in the heart of Tokyo. The temple serves as a refuge and congregation space for prayer as well as housing and training facilities for the city’s Buddhist monks. The main characteristic of the temple is its line of bamboo trees that surround the street-facing facades. Atypical to the wooden temples we are used to, Ekouin Nenbutsudo is made of black steel which gives it an especially modern look.
Like Japan’s affinity to appreciate nature, the structure blurs the line between in and outdoors. Hallways are mostly exposed to the outside and room dividers beautifully depict natural landscapes. Crystal-shaped drain spouts that hang from the roof shine iridescent lights onto the walls, making the temple seem that much more ethereal.