Miliy Design has drawn up a concept for a spiraling Buddhist Temple that appears to rise up from a pool of floating lotuses in Taicang, China. Designed in accordance with Buddhist philosophy, this remarkable freestanding structure is composed of a gentle core of ribbons that is then wrapped in elegant etched glass.
Both the interior and exterior sides of the winding ribbons meet, creating a sense of the cyclic interconnectivity so crucial to Buddhist thought. But far from being merely philosophical, the spiral form promotes natural ventilation while the transparent cladding permits diffused daylighting to enter the interior.
Although this concept entails a subtle departure from traditional Buddhist temples and requires a much smaller investment in materials, the same basic form is evident. Unlike temples of old with their faux-gold spires, this design takes its ethereality from delicate glass etchings. Wow. We can finally catch our breath.