Mandal Temple

SE Portland, OR

This Nepalese Temple was inspired by the Newari style that is prevalent in the Katmandu region, and is the very first of its kind in the United States. It was designed as a space for meditation, ritual, and study, as well as for practicing the sacred art of dance. The window frames, doors, knee braces, and lattice work were all imported from Nepal and adapted to conventional framing and detailing. The exterior and interior wall surfaces are plaster with an earthen floor. This 645 square foot accessory building maximizes the site’s buildable area while still maintaining a comfortable meditation garden and ambulatory.

Sacred space for meditative practice.

Project done in collaboration with Communitecture