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Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York by Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Article source: Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP

The Won Dharma Center, USA, is a 28,000 square foot recreational and spiritual retreat in Claverack, New York for the Won Buddhists, a Korean organization that emphasizes balance in one’s daily life and relationship to nature. The center is located within a 500-acre property on a gently sloping hill with views west to the Hudson River valley and the Catskill Mountains. The buildings for the Center, including permanent and guest residences, an administration building and a meditation hall, are sited as far as possible from the highway and are oriented toward the west and south to maximize views and light. The symbol of this organization is an open circle, suggesting both a void without absence and infinite return. The buildings are organized around these dual concepts of void and spiral.

Image Courtesy © Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP

Image Courtesy © Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP


  • Architects: Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP
  • Project: Won Dharma Center
  • Location: Claverack, New York, USA
  • Software used: Autocad, Adobe Photoshop
  • Client: Won Buddhism of America, Inc.
  • Size: 48,000 s.f.
  • Date: 2012


Roof transformations in Vienna, Austria by HOLODECK architects

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Article source: HOLODECK architects

Light spaces, implementations, functional elements, green areas forming retreats are the design parameters that have been defined by analysis and are being rotated to form the structural frame for the development of the roof transformation. The two story duplexes afford views, private retreats sheltered by planted zones acting as filters and collective stopover spaces with terraces and views into the city.

Image Courtesy © Wolfgang Thaler

Image Courtesy © Wolfgang Thaler

  • Architects: HOLODECK architects
  • Project: Roof transformations
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Photography: Wolfgang Thaler
  • Client: IMMOWERT Immobilieninvest GmbH, Vienna
  • Team: Marlies Breuss, Michael Ogertschnig, Marc Wohlschak, Christian Rottensteiner, Laura
  • Size: gross area 670 m2
  • Year: 2009-2012


Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre in Bury St Edmunds, England by Walters & Cohen Architects

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Article source: The Double Unit

A Buddhist retreat in the Suffolk countryside has reopened, designed by Walters & Cohen Architects. Potash Farm is home to Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre; capacity has been increased from 34 to 60, accessibility improved and the centre now includes a glittering new shrine room. While the retreat is run by the London Buddhist Centre, it is also used for carers on respite and those dealing with issues such as stress, addiction and anxiety. It is the first time in the UK  a new building has been designed specifically around the Buddhist practice as opposed to reusing existing buildings.

Image Courtesy © Walters & Cohen Architects

Image Courtesy © Walters & Cohen Architects


The Malleable Autonomous Retreat House by Jantzen Studio

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Article source: Jantzen Studio

The Malleable Autonomous Retreat House was designed as a special interactive, prefabricated, painted wood retreat place for two people, in a remote location. It basically consists of a large exterior canopy, which is fitted with 32 slotted panels that are hinged in the middle, and at one end. All of these panels can be automatically moved up or down with small electric gear motors and/or manually folded up or down with hand operated geared cranks, in order to manipulate the quality of the space below, and at the same time change the shape of the entire structure. Whenever all of the panels are closed (or in the flat position) the house retains a simple rectangular form. In this position, the space under the canopy is entirely shaded, and blocks most of the wind. As the hinged panels are opened to any degree, the shape of the house begins to change into a totally unpredictable form, which can be based on the desired climatic conditions under the canopy, and/or just aesthetic preferences. Two of the largest panels are clad with solar panels, which supply all of the electricity for the house. These panels can also be folded up or down to adjust to ideal angles for capturing the most energy from the sun.

Image Courtesy © Jantzen Studio

Image Courtesy © Jantzen Studio

  • Architects: Jantzen Studio (Michael Jantzen)
  • Project: The Malleable Autonomous Retreat House


Tucson Mountain Retreat in Arizona by DUST

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Article source: DUST 

The Tucson Mountain Retreat is located within the Sonoran Desert; an extremely lush, exposed, arid expanse of land that emits a sense of stillness and permanency, and holds mysteries of magical proportions.  The home is carefully sited in response to the adjacent arroyos, rock out-croppings, ancient cacti, animal migration paths, air movement, sun exposure and views.   Great effort was invested to minimize the physical impact of the home in such a fragile environment, while at the same time attempting to create a place that would serve as a backdrop to life and strengthen the sacred connections to the awe-inspiring mystical landscape.

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

  • Architects: DUST
  • Project: Tucson Mountain Retreat
  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Photography: Bill Timmerman
  • Structural Engineer: Harris Engineering Services (Mike Harris)
  • Plumbing/Mechanical Engineer: Otterbein Engineering (Roy Otterbein)
  • Electrical Engineer: Matthews Consulting & Design (Jeff Matthews)
  • Gross Sq. Ft.: 3640 Gross Sq. Ft.
  • Completion Date: June 2012


Grotto in Georgian Bay, Canada by PARTISANS

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Article source: PARTISANS

The blue waters of Lake Huron—located north of Toronto—complement its majestic surroundings and offer a dream-like location for a retreat. A sensual environment, its serene landscape reminds the temporary dwellers of the harmony that exist beyond human possibilities. When PARTISANS team met on site, with a new client for designing and constructing a potential Sauna, they knew that their most prominent challenge was to make a free-standing structure that not only respected, but also matured from the context. Located within the Georgian Bay, the site is a prehistoric large-scale rock formation. Contemplated research was conducted, and through the process a Grotto was set as an inspiration that would inform the design. Grottos, historically, have been known as natural or artificial caves that are embedded deep behind the curvature of streams, and thus discovered by those who would take the time to explore.

Image Courtesy © PARTISANS

Image Courtesy © PARTISANS

  • Architects: PARTISANS
  • Project: Grotto
  • Location: Georgian Bay, Canada
  • Partisans Team: Alexander Josephson, Pooya Baktash, Jonathan Friedman, Shamir Panchal, Ivan Vasyliv, Betty Vuong, Nathan Bishop
  • Client: withheld
  • Contractor: Jordan Construction, Chantler Barging
  • Wood Installation: MCM Inc
  • Engineering: MOSES Inc
  • Glass Systems: AGNORA
  • Sauna Systems: Energy Misers
  • Lighting Consulting: G2J Design Inc


The Hill Haven in Uttarakhand, India by Mold Design Studio 

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Article source: Mold Design Studio 

Sited on top of a Hill, in Saattal (Hindi for “seven lakes”), miles away from the chaos of the city, The Hill haven is a weekend cottage retreat for an urban Indian multi-generation family. Saattal is a group of seven freshwater lakes near the Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand district of India. Famous for its Oak and Pine trees, the lake sits scenically in the Mehragaon valley

Image Courtesy © Mold Design Studio

  • Architects: Mold Design Studio, Anika Mittal
  • Project: The Hill Haven
  • Location: sattal, Uttarakhand, India
  • Client: Undisclosed
  • Interior designer: Mold Design Studio, Anika Mittal
  • Material Specifications: Brick, concrete, locally available stone used for facade
  • Commencement Date: June 2011
  • Completion Date: Jan 2013
  • Building Area: 1930 sq.ft,
  • Site Area: 250 sq.m ,  2690 sq.ft
  • Cost: Undisclosed

Sekeping Kong Heng in Ipoh, Malaysia by Seksan Design

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Seksan Design

Sekeping Kong Heng, in the charming old town of Ipoh, is the latest addition to the Sekeping family of retreats. It is located in a 3 storey neo-classical building which also houses a famous coffee shop of the same name on the ground floor that serves great coffee and the best local dishes in town. All effort has been made to preserve as much of the character of the existing building as possible in contrast to the surrounding new architectural interventions. In addition, an extension has been added at the back, tucked away to reveal an inner courtyard with a dramatic stairway to take guests up to their rooms.

Image Courtesy © Rupajiwa Studio

  • Architects: Seksan Design
  • Project: Sekeping Kong Heng
  • Location: Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Photography: Rupajiwa Studio


House A+B in Paros, Greece by buerger katsota architects

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: buerger katsota architects

The scheme aims at accommodating the different needs of two families on vacation. The single volume of one building is broken into smaller ones, different in height and size, placed freely but in relation to each other resulting into an ensemble. The ensemble is sited upon a solid stone and concrete platform at 80cm above a preserved agricultural field in immediate adjacency to the sea. The site offered dramatic views out to the bay, the sea beyond and the island of Naxos. The ensemble sited within the buildable area designated by the planning laws, looks to exploit the views offered by its location and to orientate all its internal and shaded spaces towards the sea and the spectacular landscape.

Night View (Images Courtesy Dimitris Kalapodas)

  • Architect: buerger katsota architects
  • Project title: House A+B
  • Location: Santa Maria, Paros, Greece
  • Project description: Retreat for two families in the Cyclades
  • Site area: 9,500 m²
  • Total surface area: 430 m²


Retreat in Michigan by Salmela Architect

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Article source: Salmela Architect

The client’s goal for this retreat was to create a beautiful series of structures and spaces to sustain the environment and family over the long term where relatives and friends will visit, stay and return again and again and the land will be cared for. The 16 acre site is three miles from the Sleeping Bear dunes on Lake Michigan. 10 acres comprise of a field of crops and 6 acres of a tall beech forest touching 290′ of shoreline of this small inland lake. The solution has entailed restoring the field from crop land to native grasses. Walking pathways were created that align and converge with the entry drive into the forest which leads to the dwellings.

Images Courtesy Paul crosby

  • Architect: Salmela Architect
  • Name of Project: Retreat in Michigan
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Client: Yingst family
  • Photographer: Paul crosby
  • Software used: Design was hand drawn and documents produced in AutoCAD.


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