©Kengo Kuma and Associates

Japan 2002Adobe Repository for Buddha Statue


A repository for a wooden Amitabha Buddha statue (designated an important cultural asset) dating back to 12th century, standing in the precincts of Anyo-ji Temple in Toyoura-cho,Yamaguchi Prefecture.

External walls are made of adobe 35 cm cube, in a reproduction of the local traditional adobe method. Partially reinforced with iron plates,‘porous’details of adobe were developed, designed to filter air and light. Since adobe has a humidity controlling function, air conditioning was not installed, adopting the idea of regulating the environment by means of the material itself.

Team Minoru Yokoo, Hironaka Ogawa* Construction Okazaki Construction Cooperation Nakata Structural Design Office Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Illumination Matsushita Electric Works Publication DETAIL 2014/04 No.200 , Nikkei Architecture 2005/12/26 No.812 , Nikkei Architecture 2005/05/02 No.795 , Nikkei Architecture 2004/06/28 No.773 , Nikkei Architecture 2004/04/19 No.768 , DETAIL 2004/04 No.160 , Shinkenchiku 2004/04 , Shinkenchiku 2004/03 , GA JAPAN 67 , GA JAPAN 53