Currently In Development: Yoga Studio and Writer’s Retreat
On the boards is this indoor/outdoor yoga studio on the first floor with a writer’s retreat above. Sited in rural Virginia, it would be a model for what can be achieved for so little.
Earthen walls with wooden trim combined with large windows and high ceilings give the spaces a warm, rich, well grounded quality. A screened porch on the first floor with an elevated deck above allow for generous outdoor living. Planned using the Golden Ratio and a perfect square in plan, it aims to imbue the occupants with a sense of peace and tranquility. In order to minimise the CO2 footprint, danger of combustion and cost of construction, the building will be of rammed earth construction with concrete lentils and a light steel roof structure with standing seam metal roofing. The mass of the necessary material earth and sand for the construction could be mined on the site from an adjacent lotus pond excavation.