Thai Temple Grand Opening
06.20.14 / Been Wang, AIA
The Wat Nawamintararachutis (NMR Meditation Center), a Thai Buddhist temple designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge celebrated Grand Opening ceremonies from Wednesday, June 11, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Raynham, Massachusetts.
Over five hundred monks from around the world attended the International Buddhist Conference from June 11th through June 13th, and hundreds of people joined the monks for a public ceremony on Saturday which included self-guided tours and a luncheon celebrating the opening of the $60 million, 110,000 square-foot NMR Meditation Center. A private ceremony was also held on Sunday, which included high ranking monks, Thai dignitaries, donor representatives, local and state officials, members of the Temple and members of the project team.
The Temple is now the largest Thai Buddhist temple outside of Thailand and is dedicated to the life of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, the king of Thailand, who was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge in December 1927 while his parents were students at Harvard Medical School and Simmons College.
Taking its cues from the west and east, the design incorporates characteristics of both traditional temples in Thailand and New England architecture. The centerpiece and most prominent feature of the complex is the 3-story temple topped by a 185-foot gold Chedi, or steeple, which pays tribute to Buddha.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have been a part of this landmark facility. This project has been incredibly rewarding for me both professionally and personally,” said Been Wang, AIA, ARC’s Principal-in-Charge of the project. “It was a unique experience to work in collaboration with both eastern and western cultures to bring our joint vision for this remarkable building.”
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The links below feature recent news coverage of the Grand Opening ceremonies.