Go’o Shrine, Naoshima Japan – Hiroshi Sugimoto

Artist Hiroshi Sugimoto restored the main building and designed a new front structure at this Edo period shrine. An optical glass staircase links the main building to an underground stone chamber, uniting heaven and earth. Aesthetically, the main and front structures draw on the architectural style of early shrines (such as the Grand Shrine of Ise) while reflecting the artist’s own sensibilities.

Further Reading: Insular Insight – Where Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature