Chi Lin Nunnery, Wong Tai Sin
Among the modern towers and housing complexes, classic architecture is harder to find in the city, which is what makes the Chi Lin Nunnery so revered. Built in the style of Tang dynasty architecture, which dates back to AD 618 to 907, the nunnery was actually founded in 1934 but taken apart and rebuilt in 2000 to make way for the construction of a tunnel.
During its reconstruction, designers used natural materials such as clay, stone and wood along with traditional techniques of assembly like mortise-and-tenon joints. Not a single nail was used in the construction of the complex. In a busy urban city like Hong Kong, Chi Lin Nunnery’s value becomes more important than ever. “It is a low-density, open and tranquil space,” says Siu. “The nunnery provides a serene environment for meditation. The traditional Chinese architecture with landscaping offers a peaceful atmosphere for contemplation.”