Monastery Design Tops Taiwan Architecture Awards
05 November 2013
Image: Artech Architects
Taiwan architect Kris Yao (M.Arch. ‘78) took top prize at the 2013 Taiwan Architecture Awards with his design for Dharma Drum Mountain’s Water-Moon Monastery in Taipei City.
Yao, who is principal of Taipei-based Artech Architects, was inspired by a vision of a flower in the sky and moon on the water experienced by Dharma Drum Mountain Master Sheng Yen during a meditation session. Yao’s entry was one of 11 finalists selected from 205 entries, and his plan was recognized for its clean lines and the serenity of the open space.
Yao said he capitalized on the scenic natural environment and built a place for worship within the gorgeous landscape. Two walls at the entrance separate the monastery from the city, while the main hall focuses on a courtyard with a lotus pond 80 meters in length.
“Another innovation is a concrete corridor on the side of the pond featuring the Diamond Sutra, and a wooden wall inside the main hall featuring the Heart Sutra,” Yao said. “When sunlight streams through the structures, worshippers are bathed in the traditional teachings of Buddha.”