Tsunyuji Temple's Modern Renovation Mirrors Tokyo's Urban Landscape

By: Jana Pijak - Feb 18, 2016
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The Tsunyuji Temple is an industrial chapel that has undergone a recent and visually striking renovation. Located in a busy part of Tokyo, the spiritual structure embodies a less than traditional air and is contemporary in its overall look and feel.

Originally built in the mid 1600s, this heritage temple is transformed into a modern space that promotes healing while matching its surrounding, utilitarian landscape. Practicing Buddhism, Tsunyuji Temple inhabitants can enjoy the industrial chapel's open-concept prayer rooms and other communal areas that blend contemporary details with hints of its past history.

While the structure is concrete-clad and industrial, its history and origins are celebrated with antique heirlooms an opulent talismans that are dispersed both inside its walls and in its outdoor courtyard.