PALMO PEACE CENTER Architect: Richard Shugar AIA, LEED AP Project Lead: Dannon Canterbury, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C In Progress Eugene, Oregon New Construction We immersed ourselves in the architectural history of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and temples and searched for meaning behind the designs. The vision was not to replicate the historical architecture, but to develop an architecture rooted in the Pacific Northwest while honoring the traditions of Buddhism. What developed is a merging of Eastern and Western characteristics and ideals. It was important to fit the needs of modern western culture and celebrate the wisdom discovered in Buddhism. In addition, this project is designed to reach out to the Eugene community and beyond as a place for peace, teaching and learning, regardless of background. The Eugene Sakya Center is in the process of fundraising that will enable them to purchase a site and begin construction.The entire project is comprised of 5 components: 1. Overall site, landscape 2. Community Building 3. Temple / Assembly Hall 4. Stupa 5. Residential quarters To help root the Center historically and materially into the Pacific Northwest, we incorporated five natural elements into the architecture: Wood, Stone, Water, Copper and Natural Light. In addition, we are designing the center with an emphasis on utilizing sustainable materials and energy conservation strategies. The Palmo Peace Center is not simply designed as a building, but a series of moments and experiences much like stepping through thresholds toward wisdom and enlightenment. These thresholds are connected with a path that weaves guests through the entire Peace Center beginning when one first arrives, and carrying through the entire experience of being in the buildings and on site.