Holiday in Japan

Even architects go on vacation sometimes, but we can’t escape construction. A recent visit to the Buddhist Temple Kiyomizu-Dera in Kyoto, Japan, found the main hall under timber scaffolding. Remarkably, the building was still open to visitors.

Restoration work was finished in some places, even if it doesn’t look like it. The unrestored portions are left to show what the previous condition looked like. The technique is an opportunity to appreciate both the restoration work and the kind of age that a building only shows through dirt and faded paint. 


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