Won Buddhism Temple of Houston
Carlos Jiménez 

Won Buddhism Temple of Houston

Carlos Jiménez 

Won Buddhism is a modern and reformed type of Buddhism established in Korea in 1916. Its primary goal is to teach how to use the mind well toward enlightenment and equilibrium. There are several congregations around the world and a few of them in the United States. The one in Houston is the largest one in Texas and it is located on a property twelve miles west of the city’s center. An existing one-story house, which served as their meeting place, was removed to make way for the new 6,000 square foot building.

The two story wood frame and masonry structure houses the Dharma Hall (meditation, prayer room), a small gallery and library, some offices and the minister’s house on the second level. The building is placed within the coordinates of three existing live oak trees, integrating the beauty of these trees as an essential and complementary design element. The Dharma Hall is a double height room and the centerpiece of the complex. It is the place where services and ceremonies are held, a carefully lighted volume where the faith’s symbolic figure of a golden circle/ring takes center stage as truth and enlightenment.

Superficie Building size

550 m² 6,000 ft²

Finalización Completion


Cliente Owner

Won Buddhism of Houston

Arquitecto Architect

Carlos Jiménez Studio, Houston, Texas

Equipo Project team

Carlos Jiménez (director, autor del proyecto principal, project designer); You Chia-Lai, Hazal Yucell, Stephanie Lee, Michael Awalt, Evio Isaac

Consultores Project consultants

Bradley R. Dougherty, PE., Insight Structures, Inc. (estructura structure); Mario Colina, P.E., Probstfeld & Associates (ingeniería civil civil engineering); H.M. McLeod Engineering, P.E. (M.E.P.)

Contratista Contractor

Ted Anderson, Anderson Builders

Fotos Photos

Paul Hester, Hester+Hardaway Photographers