This is a Shinto Shrine for remembering our origin. It was designed for the Water and Land Art Festival held in Niigata City.
This shrine exists in a vacant lot between two bridges. At this site there used to be lots of houses where many people lived. But after construction of the bridges, the town and people disappeared.
The city is changing every day. We are forgetting the memory of the city. Eventually, we cannot remember what we are, where we came from, where we are going!
In this shrine we can be lost in meditation within the calm space of the main hall. We are able to find ourselves and remember our origin in the dome filled with Mother Earth.



¦Site area 2,963.00m2
¦Building area 36.83m2
¦Total floor area 36.83m2
¦Structure Earthbag building /Steel(only roof)

Kikuma Watanabe+D Environmental Design System Laboratory

Shrine in an air pocket in the city by Kikuma Watanabe in Japan won the WA Award Cycle 13. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.

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