The Dream Eater temples are very inspired by Asian pagodas, and we’ll be taking a look at a lot of the development sketches for this location on the Friday blog this week. I knew from the start that this would be one of the design elements that would be modeled quite closely off of our real-world examples. I just don’t think there’s much improvement to be made on the beauty of that architectural design.
I’ve spoken before about my trip to Japan. One of my favorite parts of the trip (aside from discovering the delightful relaxation offered by a bath-house) was visiting temples. I loved the incredible beauty and tranquility of those places. Gardens that seemed so wild and natural, and yet were highly cultivated and meticulously maintained. Buildings and spaces that seemed both simple, in the broad strokes of their design, but complex when you examined the details. However, I think the thing I found the most peaceful was one temple that was dominated, above all else, by the noise of cicadas. Normally, this wouldn’t be something you’d think of as soothing. However, most of these temples were not in isolated areas. They were in the middle of cities. Not only that, but the temple grounds were often filled with people, not to mention the other members of our study tour. However, the incessant, overwhelming buzz of those insects blocked out everything else. You could be sitting quite close to someone, but not hear anything they said. It was possible to lose one’s self in the sound, and just float in that noise, until it became like a kind of silence. It’s a bit peculiar to describe, but I remember feeling…free. Very at peace, in a world of sound. It was quite an unexpected, spiritual experience.
What kinds of places do you consider spiritual or freeing?