It is necessary to highlight Ando‘s capacity for absorbing different ideologies and expressing them in his projects. We see that this quality is present throughout his work, but it is particularly clear in this case. The relationship with nature is once again highlighted as a principal concept of this work.

The church is found located close to Tomamu, in the heart of the island of Hokkaido, Northern Japan. It is a small chapel which is attached to the Alpha Resort hotel. With its back to the hotel and separated by an L-shaped wall, Ando establishes a sacred chamber, isolated from the mundane and focuses all the visuals toward a small forest of birch trees through which a stream flows, which is situated in front of the temple.

Enveloped in an aesthetic without ornamentation, many of Tadao Ando‘s works base their worth on the relationship of the building with nature. In this sense, the Church on the Water is one of his most successful projects, in that it uses nature as an implicit element of the design. In it, Ando succeeds in creating a microcosm in which he combines concepts related to the sacred and the secular, the artificial and the natural, the hidden and the exposed, the infinity and the void, in a simple but ingenious manner.

The most noteworthy aspect is that Ando has substituted the frontal wall of the temple, in which there would traditionally be divine images of certain religious significance, with a more vivid and eloquent representation of the Creator: nature itself. In this way, he creates a living, multicolour and ever-changing scene, that changes from the sepia tones of autumn to the glaucous hues of winter; from the florid blooms of spring to the intense greens of summer.
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