Japanese temples are not a common sight in London, however, KU students are re-creating Japan’s oldest wooden construction at Kingston Hill.
The third year BA Architecture students will spicen up Dorich House’s garden over the summer with a miniature of UNESCO-site Todaiji Nandaimon built in 1199.
Architecture student Nathalie Wathne, 22, recommended people to come and have a look.
She said: “It really is a fascinating building. I am excited to see the final product after two weeks of intense working.”
The re-creation is the third year BA Architecture students’ main project this year.
Wathne said: “We are building it completely from scratch, so we are working really long days for two weeks now. But it’s so worth it. It’s a great learning experience.”
In October the 22 aspiring architects went to Japan to study temple rooftops and they have previously visited UNESCO-sites in Leeds, Bosnia, India and Rome and Venice in Italy.
“Everything we do on this course relate to UNESCO World Heritage sites, which is such a good theme. We learn a lot about different cultures,” the third year student said.
The exotic temple gate will be a part of the event series titled ‘History in the Making: 140 Years of Kingston School of Art’ and is collaboration with Stanley Picker Gallery.
It will be open to the public from February 19.