This is lighting up project for one of the historical Shrine which is registered in World Cultural Heritage. The shrine is head shrine where enshrine Niutsuhime shrine in 180 places in Japan and the sacred place, called Mt. Kohya where is coexisted of Shinto and Buddhism has more than 1,200-year history, surrounded on all four sides by mountains with beautiful and rich country view, has only scattered minimal streetlights at night.
In the premises, the specific elements of shrine such as shrine gate, tower gate, etc. are directly aligned from the entrance toward main shrine, making lighting up with extracted these directly aligned elements only. By a sense of depth which comes from repeating overlapping of light and shadow created to deliver the effective of implication to the distance of precious Goddess enshrined in the main shrine. In the result, worshippers feel great power of Goddesses by light and shadow once they stand at the entrance of the premises and feel of the remotest part of main shrine.
Lighting up the main shrine is created to illuminate surrounded large trees gently with limited area to enhance the bridge and the premises beautifully to become annex landscape. Silhouette of each structure includes front shrine emerge beautifully. As the result, it is created to feminine, soft and graceful scenery which is suitable for this shrine enshrined Goddess.
For the round bridge, we made least cross-section lighting installation with 10mm height, 25 mm width which are hard to see in the daytime at outside of flared balustrade and the balustrade was illuminated brilliantly from the place with horizontal lights.
Beautifully illuminated balustrade arch became fantastical ring of light by reflection to the pond. Besides, this light is seeped into walking part from the opening of bottom of the balustrade and became functional foot light for people who cross the bridge.
Besides, it is concerned about color rendering properties in order to show traditional red of each element because using traditional red color for shrine means really important religiously.
Since there is symmetric property for architecture of Shrine, each location of lighting fixtures are decided for lighting up to make symmetric lighting. We illuminated from the only place where worshippers can’t recognize them, so that the light became bilaterally symmetric one as well. As the result, not only lighting up the premises, but also shadow of braided made symmetrically beautiful appearance and created the solemn atmosphere.
Photography: Toshio Kaneko
Lighting design: SIRIUS LIGHTING OFFICE Inc