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tadao ando surrounds giant statue with 'the hill of the buddha'

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in a cemetery near sapporo, japan, tadao ando has surrounded a giant statue of buddha with a landscaped hill designed to draw attention to the 13.5 meter-tall sculpture. ando’s brief was to highlight the scale of the figure, which was constructed 15 years ago. the new intervention encircles the sculpture, leaving only the top of its head visible from outside the hill. in order to see the rest of the buddha, visitors must navigate a 40 meter-long tunnel that leads to a rotunda that surrounds the statue.

the cemetery is located on the northern japanese island of hokkaido
video courtesy of hokkaido fan magazine / (main image by shigeo ogawa, via vitra)

‘the design intention was to create a vivid spatial sequence, beginning with the long approach through the tunnel in order to heighten anticipation of the statue, which is invisible from the outside,’ tadao ando explains in an essay for domus magazine. ‘when the hall is reached, visitors look up at the buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky at the end of the tunnel.’

tadao ando hill buddha
a large man-made hill surrounds the 13.5 meter-tall statue
image courtesy of hokkaido fan magazine

ando categorizes the work as a piece of landscape architecture, with its appearance changing depending on the time of year. in spring and summer the site is filled with verdant greenery and vibrant lavender, while in winter months, the cemetery is draped in a blanket of snow. learn more about the project here, and visit the cemetery’s website for more details.

tadao ando hill buddha
a 40 meter-long tunnel leads to a light-filled rotunda
image by hiroo namiki, via takino reien

tadao ando hill buddha
‘visitors look up at the buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky’ — ando
image by shigeo ogawa, via vitra

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in a cemetery near sapporo, japan, tadao ando has surrounded a giant statue of buddha with a landscaped hill designed to draw attention to the 13.5 meter-tall sculpture.
2017/08/04 03:55
y is located on the northern japanese island of hokkaido video courtesy of hokkaido fan magazine / (main image by shigeo ogawa, via vitra)     ‘the design intention was to create a vivid spatial sequence, beginning with the long approach through the tunnel in order to heighten anticipation of the statue, which is invisible from the outside,’ tadao ando explains in an essay for domus magazine. ‘when the hall is reached, visitors look up at the buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky at the end of the tunnel.’ a large man-made hill surrounds the 13.5 meter-tall statue image courtesy of hokkaido fan magazine     ando categorizes the work as a piece of landscape architecture, with its appearance changing depending on the time of year. in spring and summer the site is filled with verdant greenery and vibrant lavender, while in winter months, the cemetery is draped in a blanket of snow. learn more about the project here, and visit the cemetery’s website for more details. a 40 meter-long tunnel leads to a light-filled rotunda image by hiroo namiki, via takino reien ‘visitors look up at the buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky’ — ando image by shigeo ogawa, via vitra Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save philip stevens I designboom aug 02, 2017 2009 1204 71 481 have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below. name (required) e-mail (will not be published) (required) text comments policy LOG IN designboom's comment policy guidelines generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like. the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately. what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say? let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened. - 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2017/08/04 03:57
the cemetery is located on the northern japanese island of hokkaido
2017/08/04 03:57
‘the design intention was to create a vivid spatial sequence, beginning with the long approach through the tunnel in order to heighten anticipation of the statue, which is invisible from the outside,’
2017/08/04 03:58
categorizes the work as a piece of landscape architecture, with its appearance changing depending on the tim
2017/08/04 03:59
of year
2017/08/04 03:59
ategorizes the work as a piece of landscape architecture, with its appearance changing depending on the time of year. in spring and summer the site is filled with verdant greenery and vibrant lavender, while in winter months, the cemetery is draped in a blanket of snow. learn more about the project here, and visit the cemetery’s website for more details. a 40 meter-long tunnel leads to a light-filled rotunda image by hiroo namiki, via takino reien ‘visitors look up at the buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky’ — ando image by shigeo ogawa, via vitra Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save philip stevens I designboom aug 02, 2017 2009 1204 71 481 have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below. name (required) e-mail (will not be published) (required) text comments policy LOG IN designboom's comment policy guidelines generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like. the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately. what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say? let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened. - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments. - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters. - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround. - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion. - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent. in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish the best 100-200 entries too.) a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments. your e-mail your password forgot password sign in password recover please insert your email below to reset your lost password your new password has been sent to your email address thanks for registering please complete the form below. name surname e-mail gender M    F select a password (5 to 20 characters) retype password occupation select architecture art direction interactive design industrial or craft design interior design illustration graphic design fashion film and tv fine art photography marketing and promotion sound/music digital art education other street address zip code city country select afghanistan albania algeria angola argentina armenia australia austria azerbaijan bahrain bangladesh belarus belgium belize bolivia bosnia-herzegovina brazil brunei bulgaria cambodia canada chile china colombia costa rica croatia cuba cyprus czech republic denmark dominican republic ecuador egypt el salvador estonia fiji finland france french polynesia georgia germany greece guatemala hungary iceland india indonesia iran iraq ireland israel italy jamaica japan jordan kazakhstan kenya korea kuwait laos latvia lebanon libya liechtenstein lithuania luxembourg macedonia madagascar malaysia mali malta mauritius mexico moldova monaco morocco mozambico namibia nepal netherlands new zealand nicaragua nigeria norway oman pakistan panama paraguay peru philippines poland portugal qatar romania russia saudi arabia senegal serbia singapore slovak republic slovenia solomon islands south africa spain sri lanka sweden switzerland syria taiwan tanzania thailand trinidad tobago tunisia turkey uganda uk ukraine united arab emirates uruguay usa uzbekistan venezuela vietnam your signature it will appear at the bottom of the article max 14 characters newsletter subscription keep up to date with recent articles and upcoming events. to receive both newsletters please check 2 boxes. daily - see sample monthly - see sample architecture in japan   (310 articles) aug 01, 2017 kosaku matsumoto reworks compact tokyo office interior with sliding doors and huge mirror #architecture #readers#architecture 15,000 views 213 aug 01, 2017 aug 01, 2017 MUJI's reopened global flagship store in tokyo features a fruit and vegetable market #design #design 15,000 views 1361 aug 01, 2017 jul 26, 2017 tezuka architects rebuilds kindergarten in japan using tsunami-damaged cedar trees #architecture #architecture 15,000 views 774 jul 26, 2017 tadao ando 安藤忠雄   (34 articles) jun 30, 2017 tadao ando to transform paris' historic stock exchange into art museum for françois pinault #architecture #architecture 15,000 views 1397 jun 30, 2017 feb 08, 2017 152 elizabeth: tadao ando's first new york building tops out #architecture #architecture 15,000 views 516 feb 08, 2017 jan 16, 2017 new images of tadao ando's poly grand theater in shanghai #architecture #architecture 15,000 views 2932 jan 16, 2017 architecture news aug 03, 2017 penda + tmber proposal for a timber tower bridges the gap between nature and culture #architecture the tree tower stands at 62 meters high and will comprise 4500 sqm of residential areas and 550 sqm of public areas. the tree tower stands at 62 meters high and will comprise 4500 sqm of residential areas and 550 sqm of public areas. architecture in canada (56 articles)penda (23 articles) #architecture 202 aug 01, 2017 kosaku matsumoto reworks compact tokyo office interior with sliding doors and huge mirror #architecture the renovation replaces a prominently positioned window that had no view, with a mirrored surface that reflects the interior space. the renovation replaces a prominently positioned window that had no view, with a mirrored surface that reflects the interior space. architecture in japan (310 articles)architecture in tokyo (8 articles) #readers#architecture 213 aug 01, 2017 wHY chosen to complete landmark ross pavilion next to edinburgh castle #architecture in addition to hosting arts and cultural programming, the development will also include a visitor center with a café as well as improvements to the surrounding » in addition to hosting arts and cultural programming, the development will also include a visitor center with a café as well as improvements to the surrounding gardens. architecture in the UK (109 articles)wHY architecture (4 articles) #architecture 964 aug 01, 2017 arcgency's multi-sensory krane retreat suspends over the nordhavn harbor in denmark #architecture the krane is an immersive, multi-sensory experience that offers panoramic views over copenhagen. the krane is an immersive, multi-sensory experience that offers panoramic views over copenhagen. arcgency studio (6 articles)architecture in denmark (53 articles) #readers#architecture 506 all architecture news
2017/08/04 03:59
ando categorizes the work as a piece of landscape architecture, with its appearance changing depending on the time of year.
2017/08/04 04:00
‘visitors look up at the buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky’ — ando
2017/08/04 04:01
‘when the hall is reached, visitors look up at the buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky at the end of the tunnel.’
2017/08/04 04:02