Work will take place on Buddhist holy land
London practice Office for Architectural Culture has won an international design competition to masterplan a meditation park in China.
The firm, working with landscape architect David Blackwood Murray, has been commissioned to come up with a plan for the Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre near Xi’an.
Office for Architectural Culture was founded by ex-RMJM lead designer on the Gazprom tower scheme in Russia, Charles Phu, back in 2011 and is the largest project in the firm’s fledgling history.
Phu, who left RMJM back in 2010, said the firm beat Aedas and the designer of the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan.
The project is being developed by Qujiang Group – which specialises in redeveloping historical sites – on the site of the 1,850 year old Famen Buddhist Temple. The project size area is 1,250,000sq m while the building floor area is around 300,000sq m.
It will include four museums, venues for meditation, an art and music complex, along with a 5 star hotel. In addition, it will feature an Eightfold Path Forest – the Eightfold Path is the Buddhist path to enlightenment – running over 1km square and over 1,000 meditation lodges.