While doing some digging on a topic for my next blog entry I researched Tadao Ando and saw his Church of light. The term less is more come to mind when viewing the pictures of this Church. His minimalist approach has strong presence withing its almost perfectly smooth walls. Observers can tell by looking at the Church Of Light that a great deal of time and care was taken framing up the forms for this concrete structure, there are no ripples and very little texture other than the concretes inherent structure. This smoothness allows for better light dispersion and a more reflective surface which is valuable when the amount of natural light is restricted and has to be used as efficiently as possible. The Narrow rectangular shape of the structure also aids the efficiency of light refraction and reflection within its walls, amplifying the illumination effect. Although the concrete has a flat matte finish then the sunlight hits the surface it almost has a sheen, this is a testament to the precision that when into the construction of this monument.
This Structure is meant to be a place of meditation, self reflection and or worship. Solid concrete walls keep separation between the stimuli of the outside world and allow for individuals to collect and refocus themselves in a silent peaceful space. The lack of traditional religious decorum aids in the same task and keeps distraction to a minimum. One simple illuminated cross is the only religious simple within the interior of the Church. The extruded cross is placed on the east facing facade and allows for light to begin illuminating the Church of Light early in the day and on into the evening hours. The shadowy effect of the church is accentuated by the dark re-purposed wood of the floor and the benches.
The floor and benches were made of re-purposed wood used to build the scaffolding. The rough non finished texture of the benches is parallel to the idea of minimalism and functionality Ando seemed to pursue while designing this project.
The addition of a Sunday school was completed in 1999 to the south of the original Church of light.