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Mon May 15, 2017, 07:24 AM


Arch Studio carves concrete Buddhist shrine into a grassy mound in Hebei

Alyn Griffiths | 10 May 2017

Beijing-based Arch Studio has completed a Buddhist shrine near the city of Tangshan, featuring subterranean concrete spaces that open up to views of a nearby river and planted courtyards.

The shrine was designed by Arch Studio as a place for Buddhist meditation, thinking and contemplation on a forested site by the banks of a river in China's Hebei province.

Buddhist ideas about the need for humans and nature to exist in harmony informed a design that seeks to cause minimal disruption to the existing landscape.

"Zen stresses on complying with nature and being part of nature," explained the architects.

"That is also the goal of the design for this space making use of space, structure and material to stimulate human perception, thus helping man and building to find the charm of nature even in an ordinary rural landscape, and to coexist with nature."


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