Building Serenity at the Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong
Australia’s first government-accredited Buddhist College has opened in Wollongong, south of Sydney.
The $40 million Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is being hailed an architectural and engineering milestone that pushes the boundaries of construction. The opening of the facility comes after 15 years of planning, design and construction work and marks the realisation of a vision by the monks of the Nan Tien Temple. The Buddhist Temple, which is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, was established 30 years ago.
Designed to foster Buddhist beliefs
The NTI is a state-of-the-art facility incorporating an education campus, art gallery and cultural hub. At the heart of the project was a desire to educate using Buddhist values as a base, centering on centuries-old traditions and beliefs. The result is a spectacular building that is a work of art that enhances the surrounding community
Precast for form and function
Architecture firm Woods Bagot created the signature form of the building and it was soon apparent that precast concrete offered the design flexibility and high quality finishes required for such a project. National Precast Member, SA Precast was brought on board.
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Article supplied by the National Precast Concrete Association Australia.