Hill of the Buddha – The Lavender-covered Buddha in Sapporo

A Buddhist shrine at Makomanai Takino Cemetery, designed by Japanese modernist architect Tadao Ando. The shrine features a 13.5 meter tall statue of the Buddha encircled by an artificial hill rotunda planted with 150,000 lavender plants. The building opened in December 2015.

Visitors must pass through a 40-meter tunnel to get to the foot of the statue. Made up of arches of folded concrete, the tunnel is dimly lit to create a “womb-like” atmosphere, while the opening at the center is naturally lit and surrounded by concertinaed concrete walls that narrow towards the sky.

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