Analysis II Feb. 20
LMK 02 - 20 - 2010

These two images are from the Lingering Gardens in Suzhou, China (bottom) and the Meditation Gallery in Angkor Wat, Cambodia (right). Though different, these spaces both encourage meditation and a deeper level of thinking. Obvious similarities are the long, narrow forms of the rooms; a connection to nature; the simple decoration within the spaces; and the windows and doors that connect the spaces with surrounding elements. However, the Lingering Gardens room is an outdoor space while the Meditation Gallery is indoor. The presence of a ceiling helps the Meditation Gallery achieve a more narrow focus that aligns with the fact that Angkor Wat is a temple. In contrast the Lingering Gardens was a residential space that through the design of the garden subtly encouraged a meditative lifestyle. Each room connects to the surrounding spaces. The Meditation room has windows along one wall allowing light to illuminate the hall and a series of doorways open to the surrounding tree tops giving a feeling of being closer to the heavens. As for the windows in the Lingering Garden space, they exist to connect several interior spaces to the outdoors. These give rooms deep within the residential spaces access to natural sunlight and greenery in addition to the aforementioned meditative purposes. Though these spaces offer different uses their design allows a similar focusing of thoughts and ideas.

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