All the hallmarks of Tadao Ando’s work are displayed in this concrete ‘church’ in Wonju, which uses light and geometric forms to encourage a meditative state.
Dubbed ‘Space of Light’, the angular building is the second meditation space designed by the Japanese architect for Museum SAN. It’s a purposeful contrast to Ando’s first, dome-shaped design, with sharp corners and straight lines in place of gentle curves.
Visitors enter via a long, concrete corridor to discover a bunker-like room, washed in light, filtering through a cross-shaped aperture in the roof. There’s no other source of light or furniture to encourage people to ‘directly’ encounter nature, according to Andao.
The architect is currently the subject of an exhibition at the rural Korean museum, which he also designed, that explores 250 works spanning his career.
Photography: Museum SAN