This might look like an amazing modern home from afar but, in fact what you see here is actually the result of rebuilding of a temple since the Edo period.

The Tsunyuji temple was built sometime during the period between 1603 and 1868, main shrine was destroyed in the air raids of World War II,  after the end of the war, it was rebuilt with limited resources.

Today, Tokyo-based Satoru Hirota Architects refurbished the old building adding a series of new facilities to the 580-square-metre site, which had become dilapidated over time.

“The aim of our plan was to contribute a temple of a new era.”

While the shrine building was restored, two new buildings were then constructed alongside it.

In the northwest corner of the site, they placed a smaller building that functions as a reception hall, while a three-storey block to the northeast contains both a ground-floor office and two floors of accommodation for the resident priest.

The architects managed to achieve a unique look by using a palette of exposed concrete and charred cedar for these additions, contrasting the brown-toned wood, white render and rustic roof tiles of the existing architecture.

“It was reborn as a new space for prayer, and as a beloved landmark in the area,”

said Hirota.

 

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