The Songshan Mountain known as spiritual
“Centre of Heaven and Earth” features a significant Buddhist presence. It is home to the Shaolin Monastery, traditionally considered to be the
birthplace of Zen Buddhism and Kung-Fu martial arts. Standing on the top of the Cypress Hill, the Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre’s architectural and
conceptual image pays respect to the
surroundings and the sites’ historic heritage.
steps from the local quarry.
The exterior combines both aesthetic and functional aspects. the Stair surface, apart from
its usual purpose, is designed to continue the topography of territory, adjust the natural lighting for
interior and to provide massive air flow for engines. Upper levels of stairs shape the embracement for the stage – an amphitheatre with a wind
tunnel in the middle.
TEAM: Ints Mengelis, Karlis Melzobs, Dina Suhanova,
Valters Murans, Janis Ielejs, Mara Igaune
LOCATION: DENGFENG, CHINA
PHOTO: ANSIS STARKS