Marina Vidal Tejedor, one of our highly-skilled architects in the Architect-US Job+J1 Visa Program, has presented her project called Retire for Buddhist as her submission for the Portfolio Challenge. The goal of this project was to create a space in which buddhist monks are able to live and connect with their spirituality. Buddhism is a way of life more than a religious establishment, thus the practice of buddhism is crucial to its survival.
Vidal Tejedor went to the Polytechnic Institute of Madrid and graduated with a degree in Architecture, then eventually she moved to Los Angeles to work with Indidesign. This project was made with the purpose of designing for someone specifically so she choose Buddhist monks. The project integrates the importance of the path in the search for the truth. From the dam, a natural path surrounds the banks of the lake “los Caballeros” until the appearance of concrete walls on the ground. Walls that respect the place in which they settle, but they also delimit it and improve. From here, a platform goes into the water resting on the tower, where, from the core, a succession of steps lead us to the shelters.
15 are the refuges that make up the tower, one per floor, and at the top, after the road, we find a space dedicated to reflection. It is an ascension to the truth..
Vidal Tejedor used Photoshop, Autocad, Hand sketches, and watercolors to create this beautiful project!
Images by Marina Vidal Tejedor
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