July 5, 2010

Slideshow: Church of Light - by Tadao Ando - Osaka, Japan

Visiting this transcendent piece of modern architecture was an absolutely incredible experience. Despite the sweltering heat and overbearing humidity, this building was a tranquil oasis in a residential suburb of Osaka. Tucked away on a small street and partially hidden behind trees, the simple concrete geometry distills the symbolism of Christianity into it's fundamentals. The main focus of the whole complex is the chapel building, left completely bare with only a gap in the far wall, letting light to stream in through it's crucifix form. This, now famous, use of absence to define the crucifix, creates a unique atmosphere that allows the spirituality of natural light to flood over the congregation.

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