A reinterpreted Zen teaching, “Change and Impermanence in Life”, is reinterpreted into an architectural language and adopted for façade treatment and interior design to reflect the repurposed programme as a Zen dojo.
The proposal for a Zen dojo, set in the centre of Clifton Village, is an exploration of the relationship between several themes.
i) Existing Fabric – Context
Through echoing the rhythm and scale of neighbouring facades, the project seeks to reconcile the unusual existing fabric which is distinctive from its surrounding Georgian facades.
ii) Repurposed Programme – Existing Fabric
The project embraces and retains the essence of the existing fabric while taking in the new programmes through treating the outer façade as a reinterpretation of a Zen teaching. Interior spaces also feature adaptation of a similar architectural language.
iii) Public-Private Programme
To meditate between the public (streets) and private (dojo), the more secluded dojo programmes are located at the 1st floor while the whole of G floor becomes the public offering and is opened up to become an extension of streets. A meditative pool at the G floor serves to increase public engagement with the local community.
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