Famen Temple Zen Meditation Park
City Design Co-operative have recently completed the Schematic Design stages for the Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre, a prestigious master plan project near the historical city of Xi’an, China. The project site area is 1,250,000 sqm and is one of the largest architectural and landscape commissions in the world focused around an historic religious temple. The high profile project will draw international pilgrims from China, and from across the world to experience Buddhism through the design of buildings and landscape and the masterplan provides four museums, script-copy halls, several large venues for meditation activities, a Buddhist academy, an art complex, a music complex, a concert hall, a 5-star Zen-theme boutique hotel and a 5-star hotel, and over a thousand meditation lodges. Concepts for the park are based on traditional Chinese Buddhist, Feng Shui and Ying Yang philosophies The landscape design focuses on the creation of a new forest parkland which explores landscape as the gateway to enlightenment, creating a unique learning landscape based around the existing Famen Temple relic pagoda. The forest park is known as the ‘Eightfold Path Forest’ and split into eight zones, each of which reflects the themes of one of the eight paths to enlightenment. City Design were commissioned as part of the Consultant Design team led by London based Architects OAC. The client is the Chinese state-funded company, Qujiang Group, which is re-developing the UNESCO-listed Terra Cotta Warriors site and the First Emperor Tomb.
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