Buddhist Monastery | Bendigo 2012-
In a Bendigo landscape of extreme summer heat and harsh winters, the Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery provides an opportunity for monastic life rare in the west. Over decades it has been hand built, largely by the monks themselves, in a direct and simple set of buildings surrounded by regenerated bush once destroyed by farming.
The monastery approached Takt for assistance in developing the final and largest of their building group from a basic set of plans to construction. An involved design process with the clients saw various schemes developed and tested before the final modest, yet refined building was settled upon.
Earthen walls provide enclosure for the main meditation hall and services spaces on the lower floor. Upstairs accommodation for visiting dignitaries, communal meeting spaces and a library enjoy an outlook across the recently revegetated site.