NYIMA LHAKHANG: house of the shining god
Submission for Category: Landscape
Submission for Category: Architecture
Name: GIANMARCO MATTIOLA
Institution / Company: TRIVELÌN STUDIO
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-HONOURABLE MENTION of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Landscape
-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Architecture
The mandala is used as a hierarchical device both in plans and in section as architect Charles Correa suggests and allows us to think of four underground levels used as mountain retreat, sacral space , meeting people and scenographic museum place.
Light is the main theme of the project and it seems to have created the geometry of the spaces by itself following the precise rules provided by the mandala.
On the last level there’s the center of the composition: water, spirit, emptiness.
It is a common place of sharing and exchange. It is the main point where the built and the space of the work is solved.
We work in a totally globalized context where the culture and history of the place are no longer decisive for the process design.
There is nothing wrong with using architectural languages that come from other cultures to design new spaces.
It is not possible to think of using these languages with the conviction of being innovators.
The design intention in this work ran on the opposite side: think, in a context so full with its own traditions, a form of architecture that, taking into account the needs of the contemporary, finds innovation in the history of the place.
Project Type: Museum – Space for art – Sacral space – Meeting place – Mountain retreat
– Federico Scopinich
Interesting and fine example of sacred hypogeal architecture inspired by the shapes of the representation of the mandala as a projection of the Universe. While Buddhist architecture manifests its devotion through vertical development (Stupa, Pagoda, etc.), the museum spaces geometrically articulate in the ground, next to a temple and on the top of a hill, by recalling also traditional water conservation basins in India.