A space dedicated to calm, reflection and perspective, The Secular Retreat is a veritable haven from the pressures of modern life.
In South Devon, between the resorts of Salcombe and Hallsands, lies a landscape of rolling hills, wooded river valleys, patchwork fields and small stone villages. It is here that Zumthor is designing his first project in the UK – The Secular Retreat, a hill-top retreat, where people will be able to go for periods of sustained work and reflection.
The Secular retreat in South Devon
Architect: Atelier Peter Zumthor
Structural Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
Quantity Surveyors: Boyden Group LLP
Location: South Devon, UK
Local architectural consultant: David Sheppard
Landscape consultant and design: The Rathbone Partnership
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