RESIDENCE OF MEDITATION
The commission by the leader of the Buddhist monks in Wutai Mountain was to design a new place which will allow a close approach to the meditation realm.
The first task was to identify the functional and aesthetic values which define the core of the Buddhist life and then to generate the best possible expression of these core qualities; given to the sense of time, and to the sense of place an unconditional priority.
While some of the vocabulary is without literal precedent, the design remains true to the spirit of the religious congregation. The scheme has a number of powerful contexts to negotiate; ranging from the existing structures on the site to historically based ideas of what a place of meditation should look like.
Quiet rigour connotations of different scales are manifest; landscape views are framed; circulations are raised to a pleasurable moments; materials are restrained with concrete, timber, and paper doors; every junction manifest the Buddhist aesthetic purity.
The many features of this project reflect the truth that authentically simple environments are almost inevitably the outcome of complex but rich architectural processes.
Status CONCEPT DESIGN
Partner in charge Jorge Gonzalez