Thomas Heatherwick Studio has been commissioned by the Buddhist Shingon-Shu sect to design this temple in Kagoshima, southern Japan.
The dramatic hillside site has views over Kagoshima and across the sea to the active Sakurajima volcano in the east. The temple is 'reminiscent of the folds in fabric'and will be constructed with a steel frame designed to withstand seismic and typhoon conditions. The external envelope will be covered in laminated ply and finished in a clear ceramic. The project is due for completion in 2005.