Vietnamese architecture firm a21studio created this amazing Buddhist temple topped with a granite stone slab that appears to float above the forest floor. The design team built the Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam in order to bring worshippers closer to nature.
The pavilion is located on a rocky slope accessible via stone steps that create a promenade and lead to a small clearing among a patch of trees. The structure is open on all sides and is surrounded by lush vegetation, wild flowers and grasses. Underneath the canopy is a single candle resting on a ceramic saucer. Like in all Buddhist pagodas, visitors have to crouch and show respect when moving under the shelter.
The architects found inspiration in the sheltering canopy of the sacred Bodhi Tree under which Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, sat and reached enlightenment through meditation. They created “a place dedicated to the spirit, where users are not driven by the needs and comforts of life, as animals living among nature. And this space, after all, is just as the Bodhi tree where the Buddha was sitting in Nepal more than 2,500 years ago.”