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The Buddhist temple soon to be built in Taichang, China, takes shape of a Mobius ring, reflecting the basic principles of Buddhism and the idea of reincarnation. With the aid of digital design and fabrication techniques, the spatial logic of the building is rooted in the idea of “formlessness”. The architecture is interpreted as a path, connecting the beginning with the end, ultimately representing the principle of reincarnation. The shape of the project allows the inner and outer surface to meet in the same point seamlessly. The entire building is intertwined with two spiral dislocation rise. The form of the building does not have the traditional architectural image of circular structures, but an “unstable” configuration with the beginning and ending of the worshipper’s path occurring at the same point.

By studying Mobius strips in different configurations, the architects of Miliy Design sought to create a space that’s dynamic and varying, matching China’s modern energy and spirit of innovation.

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