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

© Jeffery S. Poss

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

© Jeffery S. Poss

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

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.

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Cite: "Meditation Hut III “Victor” / Jeffery S. Poss Architect" 02 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=188077>
  • bhb

    Beautiful, simple. Great to see this kind of work happening in Champaign-Urbana.

  • GF

    Does anyone know who designed the main house you can see on the site plan? The organic looking one.
    Thanks

  • gerson

    NICE BUILDING, BUT IN SUCH CONTEMPLATIVE PLACE DO YOU REALLY NEED IT? ITS SEPARATING YOU FRO THE AREA, KEEPING YOU ALLIEN, IN A GLASS CELL, TO THE REAL SENSE OF THE PLACE

  • http://robertlysik.com Robert Lysik

    Very serene, nicely composed views. I’ve got a spot in my backyard that would be perfect for something like this, although the gull wing roof would likely become a magnet for debris. Love the tatami mats.

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  • http://Andy@TheGoodHandyman.com Andy

    As a former student of Mr. Poss, it’s refreshing to remember that there are actually a few understated professors of architecture who are as good as teachers as they are as professional architects. Great to see his work reaching a wider audience.