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.
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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.
+ Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio