Hu Guo Bao En Buddhist Temple – Nicholls ACT

Client Hu Guo Bao En Temple of Australia Inc.
Location Nicholls, ACT
Value $4.0m
Year 2015
Delivery Lump Sum

Purpose built to accommodate an entire congregation in one place, the Hu Guo Bao En Temple incorporates a prayer hall, pagoda, ceremonial furnace, landscaped gardens and car parking, as well as conference and display rooms, a commercial kitchen and accommodation for the abbot and nuns.

The design incorporates conventional structural elements – such as concrete, steel and timber – while external finishes include various feature masonry and cladding treatments. The roof consists of traditional ornamental features with a copper-coloured terracotta tile.

A central water feature is dominated by a six-metre-high, 18 tonne granite statue that was sculpted in China.

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Winner of the 2016 ACT MBA and CBUS Excellence in Building Awards – Commercial Buildings Less than $3m