Architecture and Ritual Tenrikyo Mission Center
September 23, 2016
Tenrikyo Mission New York is a new 7,000 sf house of worship in Flushing, Queens for members of Tenrikyo, a religious organization founded in Tenri, Japan in 1838. The religion has since expanded with representation in many countries worldwide, and this building is to be its regional center for New York City and the surrounding area. Having previously designed two of their cultural outreach centers in Manhattan, Marble Fairbanks was asked by Tenrikyo to design this building for their religious ceremonies.
The organization of the church centers on the Jodan – the stage for performances and the location of the shrines for offerings. There is seating for 150 members in the worship hall, with the ability for that space to open to the outside for additional seating. The religious service is followed by community dining, which takes place on the lower level. The dining hall is directly below the Jodan and opens out to a garden along the north side of the building for extended seating during nice weather. Other programs include office space, meeting rooms, a nursery, translation booths, and storage and preparation areas.