• Beauty and tranquility 

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    • Central focus of worship 

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    • Continued mystery 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      What is the purpose of the concrete projection into the midst of the tranquil pool?
    • Continued revelation 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      The Water Temple is appropriately covered with water lilies.
    • Continued revelation 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      Again one finds oneself between a straight and curved wall.
    • Descent to worship 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      The concrete projection reveals itself as a staircase leading into the depths of the pool. From this angle the water lilies seem to be extremely well ordered.
    • Entrance to Buddhist temple 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      At the bottom of the stairs a Buddhist temple with traditional lattice and wooden timber work covered with vermillion paint.
    • Gradual revelation 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      Passing through the door of the straight concrete wall one continues on the white gravel path around a curved wall which will gradually reveal one's purpose.
    • Return to the world 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      Throughout Ando has revealed his preference for a spare architectural palette. Marble stairs, concrete walls with the signature marking of the square form plates and a spare hand rail.
    • Temple center 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      Behind the vermillion screen is the central Buddha.
    • The Water Temple 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      The curved wall ultimately reveals the Water Temple itself.
    • Water Temple at Hompukuji 

      Bruggink, Donald J.
      Tadao Ando, architect, 1990-91. This is the new main temple for the Shingon Buddhist sect. Over brilliant white gravel one enters Ando's trademark concrete wall emphasizing that one is enterring a special place.