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.
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.
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.
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.