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Mar 2, 2008


All of us are bombarded daily by the pressures of work and relationships. We really hate to go back home after a hard day's work to find even more distractions from noisy TVs, kids and neighbors. In short, we just want to forget the mundane stuff and switch our minds off totally - even if it's only momentarily.

Interestingly, there's an increasing demand for spaces that seek to 'purify' the soul. Whether it's a room for practicing yoga or a quiet area for reflecting upon oneself, home owners are surely - and definitely - realizing the importance of keeping the mind off the constant intervention of the outside world.

When it comes to the establishment of therapeutic rooms, there is no one way to direct someone on how to customize a 'sacred' space. Designing a room for meditation is much like designing other types of rooms, which is to create a surrounding that caters to the unique tastes of the individual. The best meditation rooms are those that encourage concentration and focus, while enhancing the mind during the process.

For your pleasure, we have compiled here 10 very chic spaces for calming the mind.

Architect Gavin Macrae-Gibson's version of a meditative room "is a place to contemplate art and the life it represents.” The centerpiece of this room ought to be the origami light fixture hanging overhead above this 17 feet by 12 feet half-enclosed space, which sits at one end of an U-shaped public area. Maple floors grace this six-tatami-mat alcove while steel and glass doors open onto the adjacent terrace for an indoor-outdoor relationship that is typical of traditional Asian meditation rooms.

The owners of this home lived in Japan for some time and wanted a house that conveyed Japanese sensibilities within more Western architectural forms. With that in mind, Muse Architects designed an authentic eight-mat (tatami room size is determined by the number of mats used) tatami room complete with paper shoji screens that open into a minimalist Japanese garden.

What makes a meditative room, really? For architect Travis Price, it seems to be an enclosure fitted with a Paola Lenti recliner, a B&O TV playing out real time NASA live feeds and plenty of flowers in plenty of bowls of water, each lit with fluorescent butter lamps.

There is simply no better place to practice yoga than in the woods. And this yoga room in a little green house designed by Carter+Burton Architecture provides just that perfect spiritual atmosphere.

The owner of this San Francisco single-family structure wanted an oasis away from the city, and architect Lawson Willard did just that, designing "a transitional space to hear gentle water and see specific objects that would change your mindset.” The huge Thai Buddha statue standing at the center of the entry foyer immediately draws the eyes and calms the mind. A skylight lits this icon of cool, while a pond outlined in dark slate inlaid with brass gurgles gently at the Buddha's feet. Behind, the timber doors open to an outdoor area which is equally as relaxing.

Another project of Travis Price, this tatami room is the ideal place to while the time away. Perhaps while sipping some tea.

Creating an Asian aesthetic sure helps give this house located in California, U.S.A, a Zen-like feel. This is especially so in the bedroom, which happens to be a meditative space too. The open-plan design and sliding doors are distinctively Japanese. The concrete and maple finishes also lend a visual warmth to the interior. Elsewhere in the tea room, views to the outdoors heighten the overall spiritual feel.

Here's a different kind of meditative space. This rooftop deck of a compact loft in Buenos Aires, Argentina, overlooks the rooftops of the late 19th century industrial buildings in the vicinity, but is still quiet and restful.

I've always think that bathing is the single best time to cleanse the soul, along with the body. You are alone, and the soothing sound of flowing water has that seemingly therapeutic effect on the mind. And in this case, it gets even better: a Japanese inspired garden sits just next to the bathroom in this Mark Dziewulski-designed house. My, I could spend the entire night in this bathroom...

Modern artist-turned-craftswoman Yola Perez Johnson fashioned a picturesque gazebo out of a giant bamboo poles and cogon grass at the backyard of her 1950s Makati house in the Philippines. She had carpenters build this 3 sq-m. raised pavilion - a Tea House, as she calls it - just one giant step from her small sala.

I'd call it a Tropical Cocoon instead.


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6 comments: on "10 CHIC THERAPEUTIC SPACES"

berry said...

What a cool post!i really love the Japanese bedroom.

Thanks, guys!

jon said...

I love the last one most.

Anonymous said...

Nice rooms.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Loving the rooftop deck. I would not want to drink too many cocktails up there though!

missymelissa said...

Thanks for this very special post!

michael sean said...

The bamboo Tea House is beautiful. It has such a nice warmth to it.