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Meditation Hut III “Victor” / Jeffery S. Poss Architect

  • Architects: Jeffery S. Poss Architect
  • Location: Champaign, IL, USA
  • Design Associates: Workus Studio LLC, Crete, Illinois
  • Structural Consultant: PREPA.R.E. INC.
  • Geotechnical Consultant: Midwest Engineering Services, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Dreamworks Construction
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jeffery S. Poss

© Jeffery S. Poss © Jeffery S. Poss © Jeffery S. Poss © Jeffery S. Poss

From the architect. The owners of a forested property wanted a quiet space to observe the surrounding nature. A naturalized understory leads to a visually kinetic approach ramp that contrasts to the subtle interior. Entry to the hut is through an obscured door detailed like the cedar walls. Inside an oversized window opposite the entrance immediately pulls the view back outside to a composed view of mature trees. Adjacent to this is a miniature tea cabinet. A raised platform in the main space supports three tatami mats.

© Jeffery S. Poss
© Jeffery S. Poss

The location along the north pond edge allowed the development of several effluvial sensations. Throughout the day water reflections are projected onto the soffit. The roof channels rainwater to a central spout over the pond. A horizontal window in the tatami room frames a meditative fragment of water. The floor of glossy ebonized birch has the sensation of a deep still pool ‐ the grass tatami mats become an island within an island. The result is an interior volume that is protective and serene but alive with subtle energy.

© Jeffery S. Poss
© Jeffery S. Poss
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