Buddhist Temple Ordos

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The Ordos MU US Desert Temple

Location: Ordos Shi, Kubuqi desert, Inner Mongolia, Peoples Republic of China

Design: Margot Krasojevic

The Ordos MU US Desert Temple

The project has been commissioned by the city of Ordos. It is an open Buddhist temple located on the outskirts of the Ordos desert, an area that is currently used for meditation and religious ceremonial offerings, Mongolian Buddhist rituals dictated the design.

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image : Dr. Margot Krasojevic

Mu US desert has an extreme changing climate whose light levels affect survival and appropriation, an important design criteria. The many salt lakes and sand dunes are scattered with shocks of colourful and unexpected vegetation, these dunes whistle as the winds descend on the desert creating an almost spiritual experience; it is this environment which has suggested the location for a temple. A sporadic series of stone alters and makeshift temples lie within the desert for nomadic peoples however this will act as an ephemeral monument to religious rituals and ceremonies.

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images : Dr. Margot Krasojevic

Buddhist Temple Ordos

In Chinese Taoist and Buddhist temples incense burns as a way of purifying the community and its physical environment as well as meditation, a temple’s inner spaces are scented with thick coiled incense, which are either hung from the ceiling or on special stands.

The main idea behind the form is the unwinding of smoke and incense, the incense is composed of aromatic herbs and plants found in the Ordos desert. These incense coils are extruded as bells which can burn from hours to days, and is commonly produced and used by Chinese/Mongolian culture; this was the formal strategy using a coiled unwinding form which reflects not only the ever changing environment but the smoke associated with incense burning rituals contributing to the meditative quality of the building.

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images : Dr. Margot Krasojevic

The inner structural core contains the Buddhas which become more and more evident as the worshiper walks around the design. Striated sections act as a veil similar to that of as smoke filled room, glimpses and views of the statues as well as the meditation areas give an ephemeral feel to the design. The worshiper walks around in ever decreasing circles eventually becoming closer to the Buddhas and the prayer/meditation area. Offerings are left on ledges which are a part of the main structure, they are a part of the entire scheme stretching out and across creating a series of winding elements that define the route through the design as well as the ceremonial rituals that are taking place.

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images : Dr. Margot Krasojevic

The main structure consists of a steel core off which an highly polished series of steel and alluminium elements unwrap, they are cantilevered giving the idea of floating, a series of suspended materials which float like smoke defining areas into which the congregation can gather or find smaller more intimate areas to make offerings. Originally the design was to include the ancient ritual of sky burials as a nod to what up until recently was a common practice within Mongolia and Tibet, the practice itself continues but not a soften as during pre-Communist reign.

The fluid nature of the design allows for the size of spaces to be modified as and when required. Ordos has a very strong identity regardless of the political and social changes it has faced, the practices are ingrained within the environment and etched into the people and their culture regardless of the latest extreme planning and architectural interventions the desert is not carte blanche and should never have been treated as such.

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images : Dr. Margot Krasojevic

Culture embraces change but becomes impervious when that change is redundant of environment and ritual.

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A recent Ordos design by Margot Krasojevic on e-architect:

Dichroic Illusion Stations, Ordos Shi, Kubuqi desert, Inner Mongolia, Peoples Republic of China
Dichroic Illusion Stations
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Cable Car Stations
The project is for the design of 2 cable car stations along the edge of the Gobi desert, starting from Ordos city the trail leads into the desert, a major tourist attraction. The form developed using a computer software which applies the dynamics and physics in order to simulate a specific environment, such as the Ordos desert, this helps understand caustic light patterns predicting the form’s influence within it’s environment. An important mechanical test rather than purely a formal gesture.

Another Ordos design by Margot Krasojevic on e-architect:

Urban Theme Park
Dr. Margot Krasojevic
Urban Theme Park Ordos
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Ordos Urban Theme Park

Inner Mongolian Buildings

Inner Mongolian Buildings – Selection

Yellow River Hotel, Inner Mongolia
Sunlay Design
Yellow River Hotel
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Yellow River Hotel

Erdos Museum
MAD
Erdos Museum
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Erdos Museum Building

Ordos Protestant Church
Sunlay Design
Ordos Protestant Church
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Ordos Protestant Church

Mongolian Residential Design Projects, alphabetical:

Ordos 100 Villa design
Rojkind Arquitectos
Ordos 100 Villa
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Ordos 100 home

Ordos 100 villa design
rocker-lange architects
Ordos 100 villa
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Ordos 100 villa

Margot Krasojevic : London architect – contact details

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