Prayer Garden, Echmiadzin, Armenia
The project develops on an area of 1.000 square meters. Born from the desire to bring together in a cozy and intimate place the large collection of "KHATCHKAR", ancient steles carved in the tuff representing the Cross and other symbolic elements important for the Armenian culture. The place of prayer is suspended on artificial hills. It is accessed through a solemn staircase that emphasizes the detachment from the "earth state" to go up to a "higher level". The sky, the clouds carried by the wind, the sun that is born and sets as well as the moon and the stars are the natural cover of this space. The perimeter walls, made of raw bricks of tuff, create a border that prevents sight and the view. Perfectly circular light wells from which the stems and foliage of the underlying trees come out, contribute to create a strong and inseparable bond with the ground.