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What followed the research was a
process of creation and critiques
interspersed with moments of calm.
Periods of pause are good. They allow for
meditation, reflection and contemplation.
This distillation process, at each stage of
creation, reveals the key essence within
each research element. These are then
used as inspirational ingredients for
architecture, landscape and sculpture,
thereby creating an integrated final
design that also maintains cohesion with
the surrounding cultural context.
For this project, the development
process was a seven-year stretch of
research, model making and maquette
testing. In Asia, projects either progress
very quickly or proceed at a snail's pace
due to various requirements (such as
approvals, financing and shareholder
consent). This project had all of these
problems, which caused a long delay.
Most designers would consider this
a source of frustration, but I saw it as
an opportunity to perform additional
research, study design alternatives and
question my own work. Things take time
and good things take an even longer
time. The team stayed closely involved
throughout the construction period
to ensure that both the quality and
the spirit of the site were established
and maintained.
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The Curation of Environments
in Context
After experiencing the many temples,
pagodas and stupas in Mandalay through
our research, several recurring design
features were observed as highlights
specific to Burmese places of worship.
Many of them, such as the pictured
Sandamuni Pagoda, inspired the Pullman
Hotel's landscape design.
The historic brick construction of the
stupa requires a series of small setbacks
in order to create its stepped form. By
closely collaborating with the SODA
architecture team, we used this repetitive
line and form to be the design language for
both the architecture and the landscape
hardscape. Two strategically placed
abstract stupas in the main courtyard
anchor the composition and allude to
the many stupas seen and experienced
throughout Mandalay.
Similarly, the water feature pools,
retaining walls and courtyard steps have
all evolved from the same stepped form
element to create a sense of consistency,
repetition, and calm. At the pool terrace
level, all water-features, swimming pools,
shade terraces and walkways, as well
as the pool bar, include stepped forms
to reinforce the notion that one is at the
heart of Myanmar's culture.

"Thousands of candles can
be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle
will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases
by being shared."
Gautama Buddha

Candle lanterns at the The Kaung Mu
Taw Pagoda inspired a contemporary
interpretation in our project, with a
similarly strong repetitive aspect providing
a sense of calm, yet simultaneously
provoking the viewer with sheer quantity.
With a mere pinhole on one side and a
candle alcove on the other, different
degrees of alignment are necessary
to actually view the light directly. An
experience of precision and focus is
required by the observer passing through
the Pagoda to appreciate this detail. For
the light fixtures at the Pullman Hotel,
the same luminescence principle was one
aspect of the overall design composition.
This similar phenomenology emulates an
aspect of meditation that requires one to
be focused on the repetition of breath,
chants, and/or imagery.



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To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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