The Japanese architect Tadao Ando created a unique religious space in the Sapporo region, in the North of Japan. The temple is an almost entirely underground construction. Only the head of giant Buddha statue is visible from the outside. The imposing statue on the top of the hill invites the visitor to meditation and relax.
The aim of this project was to build a prayer hall that would enhance the attractivness of a stone Buddha sculpted 15 years ago. The site is a gently sloping hill on 180 hectares of lush land belonging to a cemetery. It is made of fine, highly selected solid stone. Until now the Buddha statue has stood alone in the field, giving an unrestful impression. The client wanted to give visitors a more serene appreciation of the Buddha.