The design of the house, which sleeps six people, is based upon the concept of a retreat where serenity, contemplation and restoration are foremost; a place where a week-long retreat will immerse the visitor in a zone of extreme calm and leaving them revived and re-invigorated to resume their responsibilities in the world.
The building where the retreat unfolds is both simple yet luxurious. It is the result of ve years of work by the architect and writer John Pawson, working in conjunction with the philosopher Alain de Botton, and has been deeply in uenced by Japanese design and the architecture of the Benedictine monks.
The design draws on a variety of ingredients of calm: · a contemplation chamber buried into the hillside where one is invited to lie down in a blank cavernous zone and purify and train the mind on true essentials. · an outside contemplation zone enabling the user to repeat the exercise with the Welsh mountains as a backdrop. · a generous living area, large bathrooms, bedrooms, cupboards and common areas allow for both complete privacy and – when it’s desired – sociability and communion. · a library bedroom, lined with some of the most therapeutic works of eastern and western literature. · a music bedroom, with a suitably generous music systems and a carefully curated selection of transcendent and calming music from all ages and genres. · a bathing bedroom which provides a room-based bathing platform in which to lie and reassess existence with the help of views onto a welsh valley. · the house is placed at the nexus of a sequence of walks curated by the artist Hamish Fulton, so that at certain points in the retreat, you can invigorate the body in order further to soothe the mind.
The rural retreat has been constructed from over 80,000 handmade Danish bricks. The combination of light
and dark-coloured bricks, pale polished concrete oors and Douglas firm timber ceilings, doors and furniture creates
an atmosphere of quiet re ection, ideal for escaping the demands of modern life.
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