Student Work

  • Architectural Design (BFA)

    Saheli Motiani

    Budhist Temple

    This is a design for a contemporary Buddhist Temple located in a village outside of the city of Chiang Mai. The design for this temple was inspired by the ornate nature of traditional temples, specifically the Naga, which is a half serpent-half dragon that welcomes visitors into the temple. The Naga presents itself as a railing found at the staircase that lead up to the temple entrance. I interpreted this idea by creating a structure that allows people to enter into the Naga. Temples are sacred spaces in Thai culture. They are used for more than worship. While challenged by the sacred rules that define a temple, I was inspired to create a platform structure that could be used in a multitude of ways. The new temple grounds now feature a public gathering space, an event hosting space, and a space for workshops and meditation. The roof of this design is constructed using steel and terracotta tiles, the platform is made of concrete, and the temple walls are built with bricks. Terracotta roof tiles allow cooling, and the structure of the roof is effective in monsoon season, keeping the rain out.