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Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple in Yingxian

Ancient Chinese people preferred to use wood as main construction material. That’s why their architecture was durable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient, but easily destroyed by fire.

The Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple is a masterpiece of the Liao Dynasty construction. It was built with timber, without the help of a single nail, screw or rivets in 1056. For a thousand years it resisted against severe weather conditions and bombing during the wars. All repaired elements and modifications are usually recorded attentively to save authenticity of building. Today the Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian is known as the highest and oldest surviving all-wood structure in China.

GEOFIP developed the geopolymer-based adhesives and coatings to protect wooden architectural heritage from fire and weather, to prolong its life in authentic shape, as also to create timber samples of contemporary architecture using no metal fasteners.