Yunnan is a very special and mysterious province with the spectacular and unique scenery. The Chinese perceive the region as having the human characteristic of being humble, gentle and of pure heart – nothing artificial.
The Temple has an open courtyard surrounded by lush pine forests with the main building of the historic site named ‘Selita’ (as the tomb of a senior monk). The top layer (the spectacular curved roof) of the compound only had limited access to reflect the harmony of ‘life’ and ‘death’.
Two rows of very old small structures in the front yard are used for the functional activities of the Temple. The roof of the structure was the main focus to be completed as a single unit the form being inspired by the ancient monks of the ‘Road Crown’; at the same time extending the traditional religious architecture of China’s roofs.
Through the roof skylight, the light is to filter and shine on the sacred worship of the gods. Temple Terrace redevelopment is to create a shelter with the block walls protecting the intact remnants of the original elements fully protected and preserved. The overall layout remained basically unchanged, only to evolve the right wing so that the entire place can integrate with the surrounding natural landscape so that moments of quiet and stillness can be enjoyed…