Designed by HIL Architects, a suburban space was turned into a modern temple. A meditation and yoga centre in Huanghua was inspired by nearby wetlands, offering a calm retreat to those who search for a contemporary shrine.
The project is located in a residential community adjacent to a natural wetland in the suburb of Cangzhou, China. The design brief is to transform a series of retail spaces into a place to hold Zen meditation, yoga, and other related activities, providing the local resident with a tranquil retreat inside the community, responding to the image of the wetland landscape. However, a highway disconnects the natural wetland and the noisy commercial street where the out-to-be-quiet meditation space is situated. These mismatched spatial situations intrigued the architectural motive in the project.