Architecture firm Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio designed a daylit extension for an existing temple in Japan by introducing a timber lattice topped with a flat glass roof. The addition contrasts with the traditional pitched roof of the temple and is bathed in natural light. Flip through our gallery to see more images of this subtle but spectacular intervention.
Located in Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture, the complex received a 335-square-meter addition. The Myoenji Columbarium is a reinforced concrete extension topped with a glass roof that allows natural light to penetrate the interior, which has a minimalist aesthetic thanks to a timber latticework the architects designed. Wooden columns, each 25-centimeters in diameter, go through the latticework all the way to the glass rooftop, supported by a steel framework. Inset into six-meter-high exposed concrete walls are niches used for storing urns containing cremated ashes.
The building was designed to eliminate the use of electricity. Air vents distributed around the square roof, along with glass panels, create a comfortable environment that also makes artificial lighting and additional ventilation redundant.