The Church of Light, Japan

Located near Osaka, the Church of Light is an arresting example of a striking communal space that merges seamlessly with crowded urban surroundings. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando in 1988, the building is a modest 113.3 square metres with simple concrete walls shaping the geometric space within. Poles apart from Le Corbusier’s popular perspectives on modern architecture, Ando instead, emphasises the traditional reinforced concrete load bearing walls - contrasting it with the nature without.