An elaborate Kamidana shrine designed by Naohiko ShimodaFebruary 25, 2021
a kamidana shrine
The Architect's Interpretation Naohiko Shimoda of a kamidana – a small altar or “God's shelf” that is part of a tradition to bring Shinto shrines into private spaces – moves away from the simple ledges more often found in Japanese homes.
Designed with an intricate base and a slat roof, the wooden structure lines an interior corner and is installed high on the wall in keeping with tradition. The precise and detailed construction on a scale of 1:1 means that it is “considered as an architecture with unique proportions and beauty”.
The size of most Japanese homes today makes it difficult to place miniature shrines, says Shimoda, and that's what drove the 2018 original design which is similar in style to this one, but which fits into an outer corner. “Unlike other architectures, kamidana is usually presented only at the front of the building. So people imagine 'something behind' that was not represented and (installing it) in a corner makes this effect even more effective”, he says.
This article was translated from the original in English by Constança Costa Santos
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