The Nature of Architecture: Forest Temple in Lithuania
Architect: Marco Casagrande
Builder: Constructive Shamanism Workshop
Location: Lithuania (LT)
Under the direction of Finland’s Marco Casagrande, three architects have established a group known as Constructive Shamanism in order to create a meditative retreat to untouched nature along with interested »artists, craftspeople, architects, photographers, yogis and children.« This raises architecture to a shamanist ritual: the forest temple was the result of an exemplary collective architecture performance that took place last summer in Lithuania. The space that was created is highly symbolic: it has no walls or ceilings; it provides neither shelter from the cold nor protection from wild animals. Rather, it functions as a metaphor. This space must be a work of architecture with a higher cultural meaning.