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Chapel on Rokko Mountain

Kobe, Japan
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The small Chapel on Mount Rokko faces the Pacific Ocean, and is composed of several elements - a bell-tower, a long colonnade with a glazed promenade, and a free-standing wall that partially obscures the view. All these lead to a massive concrete structure similar to many of Ando's other works. Ando has, in fact, designed a building that is essentially western - a church, into which he has integrated Buddhist and Shinto architectural concepts, thereby creating a fascinating intercultural synthesis.