Completed in 2000, the simplistic beauty of Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates’ Glass Temple still stands unwavered. Located in Kyoto, Japan at foot of Mount Funayama where the hills are burnt to suggest souls entering paradise, this temple stands as a accompaniment to the existing Reigenko-jj, an imperial temple built by emperor Gomizuni-o in 1638. As a place of worship, the reaction to the site by Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates is one based on working with the flow of time. The architects sought to overlay our own time on the past in a way that would render it distinct. There is an overt and obvious appreciation for the sacred-ness of the site through the still-ness of the materiality and form. There is an obvious quiet-ness imposed also. Purposely sunken into the site, this Glass Temple represents a retreated respect to the existing temple, the site and its spiritual importance. The architects, when visiting the site, commented that they saw clearly how the building had lived and breathed within the flow of time from past to present. The emphasis then became to engage in a built outcome that would also breathe; have a sense of purity and embody an ethereal core. The...
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Today I would like to share the Bester Sharpening Stone series with you – manufactured by Kyoto based Imanishi Stone Manufacturing Co. These stones of exceptional quality and Japanese craftsmanship come in a stylish and minimal packaging. The dull colours of the packaging, each colour linked to a specific grade, go really well with the soft natural colours of the stones. Renowned for providing an extremely fast and razor sharp edge, their synthetic composition is designed to sharpen like a natural stone and is specially hardened to preserve a flat surface over repeated use. The Bester stones give you the opportunity to sharpen your axe or chisel in style! Available at Best Made Co. in various grades.
Located in the ancient japanese city of Kyoto, the O house by Hideyuki Nakayama architecture is a kind of lean-to structure extending from a main 2-storey house. O house takes its name from its form in which a kitchen, dining room, furniture and bath area, encircle the main house. These spaces are produced by spanning rafters located between the retaining walls of the adjacent and main house. The o house space is somewhat like a passage garden. Inside is a curved horizontal space, where a portion of the staircase, thin steelframe floor and equally lined fittings are found. The gable side of the house shows its dollhouse conditions, which are open and visible from the adjacent street. Going back and forth everyday through this passage-like area, the residents can see the shape of the main house from outside at various angles. The house itself appears like a tower, depending on where one views it. The place where the family sleeps is on the second floor of the main house, and one can access it from the staircase thatreaches out from the passage garden.