PROJECT LA STŪPA
Westfield, Corner Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney, 2000.
Situated in the central business district Sydney, La Stūpa extends to the rooftop space of the project building.
The purpose of this project is resolving social issues through innovative design. Our society is suffering from integration, multiculturalism and interactivity. Through spatial cohesiveness, concept development and sustainable sensitivity, this rooftop bar design aspires for entire detachment to the architectural modern surroundings and urban lifestyle.
The concept development commenced from a memorable voyage in Cambodia. While discovering the historical significance of ancient Cambodian temples and engravings, this opened awareness and appreciation for the talent of this civilisation.
La Stūpa spatial design is influenced by the traditional symmetrical planning of Cambodian Buddhist and Hindu temples. The columned corridors offer fluid circulation from the entrance to the scattered lounging spaces while connecting to the exterior courtyards. The main spaces located in the courtyards are designed with identities including the central Stūpa structure covering the bar below, the symbolic meeting place. The reliquary Stūpa observed in various temples, embodies the specific elements towards the path of enlightenment. Architecturally, the Stūpa incorporates the five principle geometric forms corresponding to the five natural elements of earth, water, fire, air and space.
The natural quartzite sandstone applied throughout the project resembles the surface of Cambodian temples and creates depth to this sanctuary space. The charm of the space is observed through detailed design elements echoing the ruins with the collapsing lounge facades to the crumbling columns. By including glass and walnut toned timber, this adventurous space remains sophisticated. With the softness of the linen textures and the fine linear edges, these layered characteristics create a unique experience.