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Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

Posted By Tafline Laylin On July 10, 2012 @ 12:52 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design | No Comments

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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 [1] to enter the interior.

Although this concept entails a subtle departure from traditional Buddhist temples [2] 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.

+ Miliy Design [3]

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[1] diffused daylighting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylighting

[2] traditional Buddhist temples: http://inhabitat.com/temple-of-a-million-bottles/

[3] + Miliy Design: http://www.miliy.com/2012/06/06/taichang/taichang.html

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