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Concrete Temple Balances Tradition and Modern Construction

Designed by Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio, the Shinkoji Temple in Nagoya, Japan, is concrete but frequently references Japan's long tradition of Buddhist temple architecture. The entrance—a narrow passage through towering pillars—recalls temple gates while the building's deep gables evoke the steep overhangs of traditional temple roofs. At this temple's heart is the honzon, its central Buddhist shine, though a multipurpose space for worshippers and the public is located on the second floor. Skylights and a steep, sloping roof create dramatic interiors throughout.

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