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Hasshoden-Charnel House in Saitama, Japan by Love Architecture Inc.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Article source: Love Architecture Inc.

Opens the temple to community as a place to interact with “life”

In recent years, the decay of local communities due to urbanization has changed the Japanese sense of religion including ancestor worship, weakening the “Jidan” (system where commoners had to register with a temple to prove their Buddhist faith) which is the financial basis of many temples in Japan. Charnel house, which is a new style of grave that appeared as though it responded to the trend of the contemporary times, is different from the graveyard passed down from generation to generation and does not follow the traditional Jidan system.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects: Love Architecture Inc. (Yukio Asari)
  • Project: Hasshoden-Charnel House
  • Location: Ryusenji Temple, Saitama, Japan
  • Photography: Masao Nishikawa
  • Structure: RC
  • Total Floor Area: 91.70m2 (63.90m2/B1F, 63.90m2/1F, 63.90m2/2F)
  • Date of Completion: March 2015


Elements in Røldal, Norway by WE architecture

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Article source: WE architecture

Elements is a Pilgrim Center located in a scenic mountain landscape in Western Norway.  Elements is a visitors’ center in close connection to the wooden church, “Røldalstavkirke”, from the 13th century.  RøldalStavkirke is one of the best preserved wooden churches in Norway and the church is the most frequent pilgrimage destination in the country. In order not to conflict with the church, the pilgrim center was fragmented into 4 boxes, stepping down into the landscape and given 4 completely different characters. The boxes are placed on the site so that they relate to the old church either by facing the latter or by creating outdoor space which is oriented towards it.


  • Architects: WE architecture
  • Project: Elements
  • Location: Røldal, Norway
  • Assignment: Open competition
  • Type: Pilgrim Centre
  • Client: Røldal Pilgrim Centre
  • Year: 2011
  • Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, Nora Fossum, Kristian Hindsberg, KrystianDziopek, Karolina Kierner, Mette B. G. Steffensen & Casper Berntsen


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