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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Space for Prayer in Shiga, Japan by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

 
December 13th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

This little place of worship is planned in a room in a building which is in an area that is currently under development. In the bible, you can find lots about the contrast of darkness and light. For example, “light shines in darkness” “God created light. God separates light and darkness” I wanted to create a space of prayer where inspired by words of the bible.

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architect: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
  • Name of Project: Space for Prayer
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Client: Private
  • Construction: Year 2011
  • Photographer: Takumi Ota

The holly light shines in darkness. Light symbolizes God himself. It goes without saying that the location of light and the amount of light influences the expression of the symbolic light. Therefore, I decided to lead the only light coming into the place of worship from behind of the cross.

This light gives the effect of making the cross appear to be floating. It makes the existence of light higher by reflecting on the white wall. Darkness is symbolized by the black wall which surround the place of worship.

The black wall stands out in contrast to the white wall and lets the light shine in the darkness. Even though it is a little place of worship, it is a space of prayer that includes the words of bible.

 

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

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