meiso no mori


Meiso no Mori Funeral Hall, by Toyo Ito, 2006 - in Kakamigahara City, Gifu, Japan

The team didn’t seek a monument or stately ediface, but a “gentle snowfall had settled lightly upon the site to form a broad and generous roof.”

The ambiguity of inside versus outside is treated delicately with graceful gestures and celebration of light. The physical tabernacle is not celebrated in with this ambiguity, nor the human body, but the thin line between physical object and spiritual.