It’s everything you’re looking for in a space to retreat to. It has all the calming elements of
There are few things as beautiful in architecture as the simplicity of design expressed with pared-back materials, in a space exceptionally well planned. If you’re looking for an example,
“Our process was to explore through the practice of design and how we can actively contribute to human health, performance and well-being by integrating the best innovations in building technologies, materials, planning and programming for a space that soothes the senses,” said interior designer Megan Hounslow about the project.
Willow Urban Retreat consists of a wholefood
“It’s a slice through the shared party wall to connect program and circulation and inform a spatial language of soft seamless
A central courtyard, skylights and a disciplined approach to material selection; natural stone, jade green onyx, and a continuously hand applied cement render with a pigmented in-situ cement gives the interior a beautifully articulated
“Finishes are understated, minimum for simplicity, robust to withstand high usage and interchangeable usage. Featuring elements is a combined alchemy of water, earth (stone) metal (copper) and wood… to evoke a connection to nature and to unclutter the mind for a heightened sense of space, repose and silence,” commented the design team.
The less-is-more approach, combined with a top-notch eye for detailing, has been curated simply with beautiful materials. And really, that’s what this duo, interior designer Megan Hounslow and architect Melanie Beynon really drew down on for their vision – architecture inspired by Ayurveda, Ying and Yang, Zen Buddhism and Wabi Sabi.
Meme specifically refer to the fundamental values prized by Zen monks who sought solace and contentment in simplicity, purity, restraint and humility. There is something terribly relieving to be inside a space that encourages calmness and humility through the subtraction of materials and possessions. It is as though in the absence of the weight of our possessions, we are finally left in a space of gratitude and silence.