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The Circular Suriya Umpansiriratana 'Monk Cell Project'

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: • References: isuriya & psfk
Form truly follows function in the plan of the Suriya Umpansiriratana 'Monk Cell Project.' Designed by the Thai Buddhist architect, this built monument to meditation has manifested itself in as an organic physical representation of the circadian mental and spiritual states of the monks that will inhabit the isolated retreat.

Incorporating practical architectural elements such as insect netting and sun shields, the Suriya Umpansiriratana 'Monk Cell Project' also takes its circular shape from the cyclical schedule of the life of mindful monks. Capable of walking throughout the sanctuary without obstacles, all the while experiencing the presence of nature, monks can appreciate this temple as center embodying timeless and eternal universal truths.


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