A friend of mine once described Yoga as the “relationship of the spine to the earth”. By a similar measure, Peter Rose + Partners’ housing for the Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge Massachusetts, might be described as that institution’s relationship with the earth. The project not only provides accommodation for the institution, but it also sets a benchmark or cornerstone that encapsulates the institution’s core values and its approach to nature, the environment, life and health. At least as far as architecture could ever do such a thing!
At the heart of the project is a sophisticated site strategy that allows a harvesting of air, light, views and inspiration for the users of the building. And, despite its prominent location, the building will recede away into into its woodland setting as its Cypress timber cladding turns silver grey, and its landscaping matures into its surroundings. Read more