Category Archives: Religious Architecture

Hill of the Buddha, Japan / Tadao Ando

Architect                                     : Tadao Ando Associates

Statue of the Buddha          : 13.5m in height, 1,500t in weight.(The statue is made from stones that weighed 4,000 in total before they were worked.)

Visiting hours                           : 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.(April - October) , 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.(November - March)

Closed                                           : The year-end and New Year's holidays,maintainance days

*A 300-yen donation per person is requested for maintaining the lavender fields and facilities.

This Buddha statue is known as the symbol of Makomanai Takino Cemetery. The recently created Hill of the Buddha, with the Atama Daibutsu at the center for worship,was created by world-famous architect Tadao Ando. “How does a statue become a more solemn,attractive figure? ” Ando asked himself. His bold answer was to cover the statue with a hill of lavender. Surprisingly,one only sees the head of the statue surrounded by the landscape of the hill.

Atama Daibutsu(The Buddha’s Head)was named for its novel, impressive appearance.It stands in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape in all seasons. Thus has a new symbol of the cemetery been established.

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Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Bangladesh / Marina Tabassum

Architect                                        : Marina Tabassum
Location                                          : Dhaka, Bangladesh
Client                                                : Sufia Khatun
Area                                                   : 754m²
Completed                                     : 2012
 

Ventilation and the play of light make this neighbourhood mosque a refuge for spirituality. After a difficult life and the loss of her husband and near relatives, the client donated a part of her land for a mosque to be built. A temporary structure was erected. After her death, her grand-daughter, an architect, acted on her behalf as fundraiser, designer, client and builder to bring the project to completion.

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Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Singapore

Location                        : 5 Bukit Batok East Ave 2, Singapore 659918
Architect                      : Woha Architect
Project Type               : Institutional
Status                             : Completed
Scale                                : <100,000m²

The Church of St Mary of the Angels, a religious and institutional complex, was designed in 1999 and completed in 2003. The project includes the Church, the St Anthony Friary, the Poor Clare Monastery and an extensive columbarium. Continue reading Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Singapore