A Shinto shrine is usually a complex of buildings, and there are several architectural styles, but no mandatory rules. The Tsukudo Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, a very old shrine that was founded in 940, adopted an unusual, very modern architectural solution.
The honden, which is the main worshiping hall, has a traditional design, but all other auxiliary structures were replaced by the Airex Building, the blue tower photographed here. Built in 1994, Airex was awarded a prize for good design.
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