Office for Architectural Culture reveals Chinese zen centre
London-based Office for Architectural Culture has secured a scheme to masterplan a meditation centre in China.
The fledgling practice will design the Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre near Xi’an for client Quijang Group.
It is to be developed on the site of an almost 2,000-year-old Buddhist temple.
The 1.25m sq m scheme will include a forest, four museums, several halls and large venues for meditation.
It will also feature a Buddhist academy, an art complex, a music complex, a concert hall, two 5-star hotels and more than 1,000 meditation lodges.
British landscape architect David Blackwood Murray is part of the OAC team.
OAC design director Charles Phu said: ‘This is one of the largest architectural and landscape commissions in the world focused around an historic religious temple.
‘This high profile project will draw international pilgrims from China and across the world to experience Buddhism through the design of buildings and landscape.’
OAC, which was founded last year, has already begun on the schematic design for the architecture, landscape and environmental art installation of the scheme.
In July, AJ reported on hopes for a second design boom in China.