This was a window design project for an octagonal hall (a small building that enshrines Shinto deities and Buddhas) in a temple in Tokyo. Each side of the octagon was decorated with a Buddha relief decked with kirikane (metallic foil strip) motifs. If normal glass were used for the round window at the top of the main entrance to the building, light would concentrate only on one of the Buddha reliefs on one pillar. Therefore, we decided to use laminated glass, layered on its edge. Angling the cut ends of each glass piece following Snell’s Law reflects light at different angles, casting light upon all of the Buddha reliefs. This project expresses the equality inherent in the Buddhist religion through light.



Use : temple
Building site : Tokyo
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