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1,316-year-old temple gets renovated, now it looks like it’s from Star Wars

Apparently, “a galaxy far, far away” isn’t too far away after all. It’s just in Japan!

Last year, Japanese architecture firm Takashi Okuno finished work on an ihaidō (a hall for Buddhist memorial tablets) for the 1,316-year-old Korin Ji Temple.

Located atop the mountains of Tamagawa-chō in Imabari City, the five-story structure is part of a series of renovations, which hopes to create a ‘temple of the future’ using modern materials.

Takashi Okuno

Some of its features include a steel framework, 800 exposed cypress rafters (which were inspired by a hakama, a traditional Japanese garment), an all-wooden interior, and 88-randomly-fitted glass panes (a number equal to the amount of sacred spots visited on an ohenro pilgrimage).

Most of the materials chosen are widely-distributed and readily-available, while the construction methods were simple and indigenous, so local craftsmen can easily make repairs whenever needed.

Takashi Okuno

It’s interesting to note that the ihaidō also looks like something straight out of science fiction, like a spaceship or a building from Star Wars. Set right next to the Korin Ji Temple, the structure provides a stunning juxtaposition of old and new, past and future.

You can learn more about Takashi Okuno and their work here.

Takashi Okuno

Takashi Okuno

Takashi Okuno

Takashi Okuno

Takashi Okuno

Takashi Okuno

Via Design Boom

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