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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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