The city of Singapore has a single Thai Buddhist Temple which is the Wat Ananda Metyarama, with a patronage from the Thai Royal Family and a monastic tradition that celebrates 90 years, so the project needed an expansion of the facilities with the addition of a new block near the historic Main Shrine.
The new structure was designed by the practice of Czarl Architects in 2014 to replace the three floor Monks Quarters by doubling the interior floor area. The extension doesn’t only host the monks’ quarters but an additional prayer hall, meditation centers, Dharma classrooms, a museum and a large area where different festivities could take place.
The site is on the top of a hill and the golden roof makes the structure stand out in the northern and eastern neighborhoods. The client didn’t want to follow the traditional architectural methods of Thai temples, but wanted a reflection of them instead so the designers took their inspiration from the path to Enlightenment with the Boddhi Tree as the central element.