Beijing-based architectural practice ARCHSTUDIO took a challenge to design a place dedicated for Buddhist mediation in Tangshan, Hebei, China.
The project was completed at the beginning of this year, after the team of ARCHSTUDIO finished their design process which included deliberate and detailed developing the architecture and the interiors of The Waterside Buddhist Shrine.
The Shrine is dedicated for those who want to meditate, think and contemplate, but also simply spend time while being around peaceful and well-designed space. The place is located among the forest and the picturesque riverside.
As the architects say, their design process started with this natural heritage, which they aimed to incorporate into the project. Not to interfere into this primal landscape, they decided to situate the construction under the ground. Their aim was to emphasize „the divine temperament of nature with flowing interior space," and thus create "a place with power of perception where trees, water, Buddha and human coexist.”
The building is separated into five sections, which represent five spaces of different functions: entrance, Buddhist meditation room, tea room, living room and bathroom, which form a strolling-style experience together. Every of those areas represents continuos dialogue between the exterior and the interior, which is held also in a selection of materials. Predominate concrete with its natural wood grid, creates a soft and warm feeling to the cold concrete materials and refers to the surrounding woods.