A modernised reinterpretation of a Buddhist Temple, in a dynamic and culturally diverse part of Bristol

Section of proposal

The project was driven by both the client and the context it is situated in. The site, a former tram depot, is situated in the North-East of Bristol. The existent 7m walls are kept and are used as a protective shell which allows for more privacy and internal layout freedom. Situated alongside a busy road (Stapleton Road), the M32 and a skatepark, the programmes of the scheme are grouped as semi-public, semi-private and private.

The semi-public component acts as a buffer zone between the noisy street and the dojo’s main building. However, the dojo room with the relics is secluded from the rest of the semi-private spaces, being grouped with the residential component and surrounded by a reflective pool; a contemplative space for Zazen meditation.

Perspective of the Dojo Room

The project subtly manifests Buddhist ideas through the tower’s façade and verticality. Furthermore, it’s imagined as a modernised version of a Buddhist vertical monument. The façade’s design is inspired by the classical Victorian houses around the site. However, the decorations on the walls are reimagined using lotus inspired motifs, the nature-inspired motifs being a common feature of the area. The lotus flower symbolizing here, the celebration of the Buddha along with the celebration of its practitioners’ journey during the zazen session.

Portfolio Extracts

Axonometric Drawing of Proposal


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