Black Lotus Yoga Project is a non-profit studio dedicated to offering yoga practice as a transformational tool, particularly to those suffering from post-traumatic stress. Budgetary constraints were taken as an opportunity to explore and express the client’s elemental approach to yoga as a ‘simple, well-intended, and imperfect practice.’ The design solution was to abstract the site into two materials: the ground and the sky. Like the practice of yoga, the ground (bendable cork) and the luminous sky (fire-retardant tyvek) merge in the space between (the body) in ways that are both functional and symbolic.
Views out to the streetscape extend the experience of yoga practice (left). A mirror expands the ‘horizon’ while providing a learning tool for yoga practice.
The curved cork flooring becomes analagous to petals of the black lotus.
Jinhee Park AIA
John Hong AIA, Anne Levallois
Luther Child, Ltd.
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