IMS Forest Refuge

Barre, MA

This Buddhist retreat on a forested site in central Massachusetts is designed as a total environment nature and buildings for intensive long-term meditation practice.


Major zones of activity are organized in a linear way, changing direction to follow the line where the forest meets a meadow. The buildings define the spatial threshold between the two landscape elements.


Roofs are larger than the buildings they cover, serving to mediate scale shifts between the space of the interior rooms and the space of the site. They also extend the spatial trajectory to the horizon beyond. To sustain a state of elemental simplicity and simultaneous vitality, we intentionally designed the architecture to be quiet and slow.

SIZE : 15,000 SF

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Los Angeles Office

323 226-1112

600 Moulton Avenue #405

Los Angeles, California

90031 USA

Bay Area Office

628 280-2994

795 Goodwin Ave

Penngrove, California

94951 USA

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