Bamboo ‘Meditation Cathedral & Sunset Sala’ | Architecture – Chiangmai life architects introduces the bamboo meditation cathedral & sunset sala, located on top of a hill in northern chiangmai, thailand. enjoying vast views of the unique mountainous surroundings, the project has been designed to integrate harmoniously within the environment, looking like it emerged from the ground.
At first, the client requested a gathering space where she and her family could enjoy the sunset together. therefore, chiangmai life architects started the project with the design of the ‘sunset sala’.
Being an active member of the buddhist community, the client then commissioned the creation of a structure that facilitates spiritual practice. consequently, the meditation cathedral was added to the project, along with bathrooms and a small M&E mushroom.
The design seeks to emulate the mountain range and the rolling hills, with the buildings molding into the scenery as if they grew there themselves. to lift the practitioner’s feelings, the meditation space was designed like a dome of a cathedral.
In order to achieve this cathedral feeling, the architects used bundled bamboo to form arches that serve as the structural support of the whole structure, just like in roman or gothic temples. the arches carry a floating umbrella-shaped roof with skylights that allow natural light to permeate the interior.
Next to the meditation space is a bathroom with showers, topped with a striking bamboo roof and adorned with decorative bottles on its adobe walls. next to the bathroom is another smaller bamboo building in the form of a mushroom that hides the water tank and an even smaller one for the well.