Must See : Architecture in Vietnam ~ a Meditation Retreat

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Translucent white volumes compose the ‘hermitage for meditation’ retreat in vietnam


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Sited in the mountainous area of Lam Ha in Vietnam, ‘Hermitage for meditation’ is a uniquely built retreat for a group of Theravada Meditation practitioners wishing to escape urban living following 2+ years of bleak quarantine life. Cam To Quand from SAVA architecture studio joined forces with Nguyen Huu Quy to complete the project as the perfect escape into nature and tranquility. 


‘Hermitage for meditation’ by Cam To Quand (see more here) and Nguyen Huu Quy consists of three zones; each zone has its own kitchen and dining area, a common meditation space with a Buddha statue inside, and private rooms for rest and practice. To minimize disruption during meditation, the aforementioned functions separate into blocks that connect to one another via a central terrace.

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Each of these blocks features pre-engineered steel frames, finished with transparent twin-wall polycarbonate sheets that provide insulation and light up the entire retreat complex when night falls — making the buildings appear like flower garlands and colored lanterns nestled in the middle of the woods.

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Amidst the quarantine time in Vietnam due to the pandemic, a Theravada Meditation’s practitioners wished to build their own hermitage to hide themselves from the feelings of suffocation in urban areas. They sought for a place where they can find tranquility, blend in with nature and concentrate on their spiritual practices.

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The chosen location is a mountainous area in Lam Ha district, around 60km from Da Lat city. The construction site is situated on a hill which is originally an age-old coffee plantation, sitting alongside a stream and completely separated from residential neighborhoods.

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Name : Flower garlands and coloured lanterns
Architects : To Quang Cam, Nguyen Huu Quy, Aron Beh Kawai

Office credit : SAVA
Office website :
Program : Hermitage for meditation
Location : Lam Ha district, Lam Dong province, Vietnam
Footprint : 180 m2
GFA : 180 m2

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