Sasipawan Wisdom Center / 49 Architects

Sasipawan Wisdom Center / 49 Architects

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“Sasipawan” is a meditation center located in Khao Yai, along Thanarat Road. It was established as a place of Buddhist study and meditation for monks and Dharma teachers. The building complex is designed to be unique, elegant and distinct, with a natural form that fuses art and architecture infused with the spirit of Thailand. Contemporary architectural design focuses on minimalism and the philosophy of sufficiency that promotes the teachings of Buddhism for the benefit of society.

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There are no strict rules for the design of such buildings, and their designs depend on individual interpretation. The designer has the freedom to express his convictions through his creations. “Sasipawan” is not a place of worship but rather a spiritual retreat where practitioners can come to study meditation and immerse themselves in the Buddha’s teachings, as well as Thai values, arts and culture. The center’s serene atmosphere cultivates the soul, giving people the spiritual strength to face the challenges of daily life.

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A glass pagoda is positioned at the highest point of the site. Constructed from layers of sheets of glass, the pagoda is airy and translucent, creating a distinctive symbol of purity. The relics of the Buddha are enshrined in the base and spire of the pagoda. A tiered umbrella that traditionally rests atop the spire of the pagoda is gilt metal with gold leaf from the base to the highest level. Beneath the pagoda is a large hall with 4 vestibules, for meditation or for preaching to congregations. The main building, where most of the activities take place, has an adapted Thai gable roof that resembles a budding lotus flower.

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Copper roofing materials have been selected for their durability and unique quality of color change as they age. Extended eaves provide protection from sun and rain, creating a cool sanctuary, and the curvature of the building is in harmony with its surroundings. The vaulted ceiling of the inner lobby is lined with century-old teak columns in two rows of 4 columns, while floor-to-ceiling glazing offers stunning views of the pagoda. A sculpture of Rama IX stands in the circular hall with a skylight designed to precisely illuminate Rama IX’s likeness at exactly 9:99 a.m., or 10:39 a.m., on the morning of December 5 each year.

Sasipawan Wisdom Center / 49 Architects - Exterior Photography
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Another important building is the accommodation and dining halls of monks and Dharma teachers during their spiritual retreat. It is surrounded by gardens with various plants and trees that feature prominently in Buddhist history. The entire complex and glass pagoda gives visitors a sense of the spirit of Thailand and reminds them of the teachings of Lord Buddha enshrined before them. Contemporary Thai architectural design, with minimal architectural embellishments, is imbued with the Thai spirit in various parts of the buildings. The overall aesthetic is simple, soothing, soft and deep, and seamlessly connects the buildings to support visitor goals and create a memorable impression as intended by project founder Khunying Sasima Srivikorn.

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