The origin of the Bangkok Grand Buddhist Temple comes from the substantial influence and inspiration of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism on Thailand. The project was initiated by believers and monks in 2018, hoping to complete with the public donation of land, funds, labor, construction materials. And HAS (Hung And Songkittipakdee) as architects contribute the design and planning to the project.
▽长廊中的漫游体验营造出僧人的怡然自在 The "roaming" experience in the pathway provides comfort and calmness in Monks
The project is located on the outskirts of Thailand's capital, about 30 kilometers away from the famous Wat PhraKaew. Unlike the hustle and bustle of conventional Buddhist temples in the city, Bangkok Grand Buddhist Temple's surrounding region is empty and quiet, with weeds thriving. Most of the neighboring villagers are more than fifty years old, and the local scene presents a sense of uncontroversial and carefree calmness.
▽场地独特的“空”塑造建筑自身的内在性 The unique "emptiness" of the site shapes the internality of the architecture
▽寺庙外部四季变化的景观呈现场所的瞬时性 The seasonally changing landscape outside the temple presents the instantaneity of the place
In 2018, when we first visited the site, we were lost in the weeds and trees due to the site's non-directionality and non-differentiation. However, this "roaming" process was much like the comfort and calm created in a Buddhist temple's space. Therefore, the design does not emphasize the magnificent and prevailing architecture; on the contrary, focuses on how to bring forth the unique "emptiness" of the site to the architecture itself; and combine the ecological landscape that changes amidst seasons so that visitors can naturally perceive the space with respect and awe.
▽主殿恭奉三圣佛──阿弥陀佛、观音菩萨、大势至菩萨 The main hall honors the three holy Buddhas──Amitabha, Guanyin Bodhisattva, and Da Shizhi Bodhisattva
▽佛寺框景呈现粗犷的混凝土与细致淡雅的林木 The framed view of the Buddhist temple presents rough concrete and elegant trees
The Bangkok Grand Buddhist Temple constitutes three spaces, including the Great Buddha's main hall, a meditation space, and a monk's dormitory. An open hole connects the three places through the catenary roof. At the entrance of the Buddhist temple, a large bamboo forest is presented to the visitors. The high and thin bamboo curving effect creates an exceptional atmosphere of arrival. Followed by the entrance corridor, the fuzzy boundaries lead to an itinerary towards inner space, together with the Jing Bodhi tree and local tree species creating a rich landscape with varying colors. In the main hall area, a curved bead screen wall connects the two stories of the temple. When the morning breeze goes through the temple from the hole, the believers can hear the reading of scriptures clashing with the Buddha beads. In the meditation and dormitory spaces, its rough and uneven surface of concrete and the delicate and elegant wood presents peace of the soul through meditation.
▽建筑周围空旷寂静让祈祷增添归属感知 The void and silence around the site add to the sense of belonging to prayer
▽内外相融的空间塑造沉静的心灵感 A space that blends interior and exterior establishes innate calmness
Fundraising for this Buddhist temple began in 2018. After nearly three years of hard work by believers, monks, architects, structural technicians, landscape architects, etc., its progress in funding has gradually advanced. The unexpected and sudden COVID-19 epidemic in 2020 led to significant impacts on building material donations and fundraising. Even so, all participating donors and the general public believe that Bangkok Grand Buddhist Temple is not only a place of prayer but also the public's embodiment for the future. However, it currently solely relies on the efforts of some believers. But because of architecture, it is an inspiration for human connection.
▽项目场地平面图 Site Plan
▽佛寺已经完成全套施工图纸并等待信众募款 The Buddhist temple has completed all construction drawings and is waiting for believers to raise funds
▽悬链线结构屋面串连主殿、冥想与宿舍空间 The catenary structure roof connects the main hall, meditation, and dormitory space
▽传统佛寺布局启发曼谷三圣佛寺的设计 The layout of the traditional Buddhist temple inspired the design of the Bangkok Grand Buddhist Temple
结构设计：SSK Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd.
景观设计：T.R.O.P : terrains + open space
施工顾问：Sam Pattana Construction Co., Ltd.
Project location: Bangkok, Thailand
Design company: HAS design and research
Contact email: email@example.com
Landscape design: T.R.O.P : terrains + open space
Design year: 2018~