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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.

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  • roger whiteman

    BESIDE DESIGN led by Roger Whiteman was instrumental in winning the project through a limited invitation international competition and continues to advise OAC on the design and management of their Chinese projects

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  • OAC’s project design team is led by design director Charles Phu, and supported in design management by Roger Whiteman. Project design team key members include senior designer Oliver Hempel, Paul Browning and Amelia Payton.

    Alongside David Blackwood Murray's key role for the project, OAC has engaged Glasgow-based landscape consultant City Design to work with it to provide Landscape expertise to the Famen project. OAC has also engaged acclaimed artists Yomei Chiang and Philippe Devaud for the designs of featured artworks and environmental installations for the project.

    The engineering consultants Ramboll (London) and London-based museum consultant Real Studios have been engaged to assist in setting out sustainability strategies and experience intervention strategies of the Famen Temple Buddhist Zen Meditation Centre project.

    Charles Phu, Roger Whiteman and Oliver Hempel led St Petersburg's Okhta Centre project's London-based design team.

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