The current four options are basically similar in style, using a combination of Chinese and Western styles. It represents the lineage of our founder, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, who is from China. It also represents how Buddhism has begun to develop in the West and has integrated with the local culture.
The sizes of the classrooms will affect the structure, and the outside appearance will be different.
Corridor heights are different: Some people think that it’s more grand when the corridors are high (A1B1), some people think that the corridors should be lower (A2B2) to shield people from the rain and sunlight.
Main Hall design features:
With a height limit of 50 feet, we still managed to design a roof of traditional Chinese. With simple lines, the curved roof was expressed. With corridor and beams, people’s expectation for a Buddhist look was achieved. It has the grandness of a traditional Great Jewel Hall of Heroes.
For the exterior wall and window, we used Western classical design. With geometric horizontal lines, it expresses a quiet, stable atmosphere. Classicism believes that architecture and all art must have rules and norms that are as clear as mathematics. This also represents Buddhist precepts, which is also one of the Western cultures.
In terms of appearance, we naturally combined the features of Eastern and Western architectural cultures as the design of IIPE Main Hall. It gives people the feeling of our tradition – content, stability, grandeur, no exaggeration, and no waste.
In practical aspect, the best features of the waterproof, heat-proof and simple maintenance of the roof were designed. The upper window has the effect of lighting, ventilation, and rapid cooling.