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Yoga Studio Night Ali

Yoga Studio/Casita Remodel, Baja, Mexico

Video: To watch a video of the practice studio created by one of the visiting instructors click here. Intentions: This was the first building built on the project and the last one we worked on during the project. It was originally designed by the client and a local architect, partly to have the yoga studio and residence below […]

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Project Overview, Buddhist Retreat Center

Intentions: Perched high on a ridge in the Coastal Hills of California, the retreat center was in need of both rehabilitation and new design and repair.   A previous owner had built a back deck that covered the vents on the back side of the house, causing the floor supports to rot in that area.   […]

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Condominiums, Baja, Mexico

Intentions: The client wanted to create eight high-end condominiums that could be divided into 16 separate bedrooms based on the number participants in any given retreat.    He also wanted to expand the capacities of the facilities with time, creating two more building with 4 units each, all on a site that was long in one dimension […]

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Oak Forest Bathouse

Oak Forest Bathhouse, Central Coast, California

Intentions: The clients wanted a bathhouse to provide toilet facilities for people in the shrine room nearby and also for people staying in the three yurts clustered around the bathhouse.   Green materials and energy saving strategies were to be used whenever possible. Functional Results: The roof pitch was angled to maximize solar gain on the south side, and draw in softer northern […]

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Buddhist Center Living Room

2007 Main House Interior Remodel

Intentions: This 3 bedroom Cape Cod style house atop the Coastal Hills of California was a strange bird for the main facilities of a Buddhist Retreat center.   It had been limping along for years while the community tried to decide what to do with it.   With limited funds, difficult access to the property, and […]

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2007 Back Deck Remodel

Intentions: Remove old back deck causing the dry rot and replace with an outdoor dining area and a small, mini spa area. Functional Results: The back deck was divided into two separate areas, one for dining, one for the sauna and outdoor shower, with the shower being in the most private area of all.   The two areas […]

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Bow Racks

2007 Zen Archery Range

Kyudo is a form of meditation in action stemming from a blend between Zen Buddhism and the Japanese Samurai Traditions.   It was brought to the United States by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, to help build a bridge between his students’ sitting meditation practice and their daily lives.  Trungpa invited Kanjuro Shibata Sensei, the twentieth bow maker […]

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Indoor Outdoor Bath

Weisz Residence Master Bedroom, Spa Bathroom Addition, Ojai

Intentions: Add a new master bed and a spa-like bathroom that could take advantage of the warm weather and view to the mountains north of the town of Ojai, California while still maintaining privacy. Fuctional Results: Just to the south of the house was a commercial building with an unsightly parking lot.   We positioned the addition to create a […]

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Ojai Valley Dharma Center

Ojai Valley Dharma Center, Interior Remodel

Intentions: Relocate a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center in a historic Nazarrine Church, utilizing colors and iconography to reflect the teachings and practice taking place in that center. Functional Results: Being a historic church, there was very little storage or places for staff supporting programs to prepare.   Being an historic building, there was little we could do to […]

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Dojo Storage

Gekko Kyudojo (Zen Archery Range), Ojai, California

Kyudo is a form of meditation in action stemming from a blend between Zen Buddhism and the Japanese Samurai Traditions.   It was brought to the United States by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, to help build a bridge between his students’ sitting meditation practice and their daily lives.   Trungpa invited Kanjuro Shibata Sensei, the twentieth bow maker […]

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