Historically, religious architecture across Japan has often possessed imported styles from other East Asian countries such as China and South Korea. The temples of Japan have rarely been a direct translation of their Asian counterparts due to large variations in climate, leading architects to incorporate many different materials. With no strong roots in a historical context, the aesthetic language of Japanese temples has continually evolved over the centuries. Today, many architects designing temples in the country are beginning to focus on the future. These structures illustrate that temple architecture in Japan continues to evolve, but continues to evoke an atmosphere that chimes with the timeless values of the country. Modern frames and materials take into consideration the temple’s urban context, while a green terrace shrouds the building on all sides to incorporate a natural element. A truly abstract modern design, an exposed ground space composed of glass allows light to flood into the underground temple.
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