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Chapel on the Water

Ma Yansong
Church
Chapel on the Water
Church on the Water interior by Tadao Ando © Pritzker Architecture Prize

Ma Yansong:

“Tadao Ando, a Japanese architect, he built a small church out of glass next to a lake in Shimukappu, Japan. He brought in light horizontally instead from the top, and through the windows you can see the  water outside the building and then there’s mountains beyond. Then instead of having the cross inside, he put in the middle of the water — it’s very beautiful. And you think although you’re in a very low and small space, actually you feel that the nature, the outside is an extension of this space. It’s very poetic.”