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Another ninety degree turn reveals the entry of the chapel.
Ando offers yet another view of nature's beauty.
Reverse view of parsonage courtyard
Standing in the courtyard to the parsonage, to the left are exterior stairs leading to street level, to the right is a door leading to stairs down to the chapel level.
Close up of liturgical center
Baptismal font to the extreme left, chairs for the minister on the right, and table and pulpit in the center.
Return to the world
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.
Waterfall entrance at "The Oval"
"The Oval" contains four double guest rooms, two suites and an in-house café.
The Water Temple
The curved wall ultimately reveals the Water Temple itself.
View of belltower from exterior stairs
Having left the parsonage courtyard, standing at the head of the stairs to street level, one has another view of the belltower.
The museum from above
Leaving the museum for "The Oval," also by Tadao Ando, one is able to view the museum from above.
View from Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Tadao Ando, architect 1990-92.
Naoshima Island is a National Park containing several museums, one of which is the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum. It was designed to be approached by boat with three flights of stairs leading to an underground approach ...
Church on Mount Rokko
Tadao Ando, architect 1985-86. Connected to the Rokko Oriental Hotel by a long simple covered walkway the church functions primarily as a wedding chapel.
Inner courtyard to parsonage
Having ascended the curved ramp and made a right and left turn and a further left turn, one enters the small courtyard to the two-storied parsonage.
Museum restaraunt Issen
Highly reccomended. Great view, great food.
The last judgement on ceramic panels
There is a downside to outdoor art gallery.
The pond forms a liquid sculpture within the oval.
Water Temple at Hompukuji
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.
Note the ascending ramp and the fenestration seen in our first exterior photograph.