【One Buddha's room】

  • Owner:MINAXDO

  • Area:96.5 sqm

  • Location:Shanghai China

  • Function:Buddhas room

  • Date:2017

  • Status:Completed

At about 7 o'clock every day, the sun always punctually penetrates the gaps between the surrounding high-rise buildings and projects to the triangular windows facing east in the orange building. In the top small space at the end of the building is an exquisite Buddha’s room, and gradually projected light wakes it up.

The Buddha’s room is transformed from an old house that was originally a restaurant. The original wooden roof truss is extended to the end of the building, and the newly-born roof space happens to be a secret place in the city. Push the gate of six meters high open, the steel staircase over the head slanting upward is the entrance to the central Buddha’s room of the city from the exhibition hall.

Light becomes the most important element in the Buddha’s room. The warm light belt is arranged below the steps of the top European pine board all the way, forming a strong display of the dark exhibition hall. Walk up the stairs of the light, at the end is a bright triangular window, at the middle point of the ladder and window, there stands a lotus flower statue of Avalokitesvara at ease. The ice-cracked fence welded by the rebars tightly wraps the stairs into a white hollowed-out barrier, which has cut the surrounding images into random fragments.

In terms of the inheritance of Chinese Architecture, what can be seen now is mostly the example related to religion and ritual. Since Buddhism entered China, it has also blended a large number of elements of Chinese architecture, painting and life. Therefore, the activation of Chinese traditional culture can not circumvent many connotations and appearances of Buddhism. In Buddhist culture, the definition of restraint, motivation, precepts, positive view, contemplating, grief and joy are the guidelines for Chinese people's behavior over thousands of years. In a sense, art can exist beyond religion, and the ultimate goal of the world is the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. The Buddha’s room does not care about luxurious, but cares about people's physical and mental feelings in it. We should keep the inner peace in the busy and vulgar world.

Our attitude toward the space of the Buddha’s room is innovative. Under the dark wooden grille roof, there are free Avalokitesvara flowers blooming above the lotus flower. The statues of Dizang pusa made of the rosewood stands in the 32 niches for the Buddha on the ground, whose whole body is smooth and simple, with clothes drooping naturally, wide and full face, and kind face. The lotus Avalokitesvara is sitting there, hugging his knees, behind whom the lotuses flowers are in full bloom. Dizang pusa are stepping on the throne of lotus, with a pearl in the left hand and a Buddhist monk's staff in the right hand. Buddha statues have constituted the order in space.

The lubrication of rosewood and the stability of teak veneer complement each other. The strips of wood that pour down in space are smooth and natural. Uniform and clean material processing makes this small space not feel depressed. The white frosted glass of the triangular window filters the external light, and the space is filled with soft and stable breath for a long time. In this complex worldly world, a peace and quiet world of Buddha has been created.