Pagoda is our response to Vietnam society’s situations. In this dynamic, fast-moving world today, people are addicted to ephemeral fame, transient wealth, and impractical fantasy; hence, they do not have time to think about spiritual activities. Meanwhile, those, who serve in religion have taken advantage of people’s naivety and lost their faith in religion.
ARCHITECTURAL REPORT There is a story about a disciple, who follows a religion and seeking for his ideal. He seriously meditated without any negligence in a simple and poor religious lifestyle. Because of that, the disciple had only one set of loincloth to cover him, but rat often nibbled it. Given the situation, villagers offered him a cat to eliminate those rats. Since then, the rats did no longer dare to do what they liked; however, it took a little more time for the disciple to take care of another meal for the cat. Therefore, a follower volunteered to offer a cow to the disciple to provide milk for the cat. Again, he now had milk for the cat but did not have straw for the cow. As a result, besides begging for food for him, the disciple had to beseech straw for the cow. Seeing that, the villagers bestowed him a piece of land and equipment to grow crops for the cow. With the disciple’s great effort and working hard, the harvested vegetables were much more than enough for the cow to eat; thus, he had to bring the remainder to a market for sale. Amazingly, the land kept going well, and within a short time, became a fertile and prosperous plantation. Provided with a large amount of profits, the disciple built a big, beautiful temple, had more people to take care of pilgrims, and the place quickly became a noisy place. Since having no time for meditation, the disciple had to hire people to carefully look after worship and incensement. From that story and the image of Siddhartha, who gave up comforts of his life to find liberation under the Bodhi tree, we would like to create a notion work, a pagoda which returns to its originality, just as a shade covering for the aspirant. The Pagoda, firstly, is made for us, to remind us about our life aims, which could be liberation, a happy life, or beautiful works… and keep them on tracks. Secondly, it is our response to the world surrounding us. Current society has advantages of material life, which, believed that it could bring more convenience for human. However, in fact, when achieving these things, people work even harder to attain more advanced facilities. They have more stuff but less time for things that make them happier. Life, thus, is sunk in small benefits and significant dangers. And when people are miserable and oppressed or their freedom is trampled on, they will return to their last hope that is faith. However, the majority of devoted people were too busy to earn their living, so they did not have any time for their spiritual life. As a result, they entrusted a particular monk to pray on their behalf and assimilate their liberation as well as faithfulness. Most monks exhaustedly take advantages of the faithful people to not only live in magnificent temples and enjoyed offerings but also demanded other things in the name of the Almighty. Since then, religion becomes a mercenary mean and man lost their beliefs in spiritual values. Therefore, together with stone, steel, and nature, fear-ness is the main material to form the Pagoda, fears of an uncertain life and unfamiliar things. And when they overcome their daily fears, sitting in the Pagoda, no monks, no statues, facing themselves, we hope that they can find their own peace. 3.2 Constraints and Solutions achieved Our concern is how to make a 4 ton stone float in air in order to not only give a shade, but also evoke the tottering of the weight and the fear of man. After considerations, a steel frame supported by 9 reinforced steel columns is used. In fact, the thinness created by 27 steels increases the effect that we’d like to express. Moreover, a carpet of flowers is applied to soften the scene, blending the work into nature.
CONSTRAINTS AND SOLUTIONS ACHIEVED: Our concern is how to make a 4 ton stone float in air in order to not only give a shade, but also evoke the tottering of the weight and the fear of man. After considerations, a steel frame supported by 9 reinforced steel columns is used. In fact, the thinness created by 27 steels increases the effect that we’d like to express. Moreover, a carpet of flowers is applied to soften the scene, blending the work into nature.
SIGNIFICANCE OF PROJECT The Pagoda is a milestone for our development since it represents the changes in our thoughts about architecture. Architecture is no longer for construction. It is the voice, a new mind set about a sustainable life, less material and more spirits. When we started building the Pagoda, people said it was unrealistic, idealistic that cannot happen, but we believe the ones that unrealistic are those continued with their old paths. That’s dreaming. Remember, the old ways did not just happen, people created them, and we are people too. Let’s create something new!