Vast Refuge

Site: United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Elevation 6,920ft.

The Project: Buddhist meditation hall within a National Historic Register site. The Chapel is the most popular man-made attraction in Colorado and now holds the first space in a federal facility dedicated to Buddhism.

Materials/Methods: Hand-planed Port Orford cedar timbers and wall panels (sawn from trees selectively harvested on the Yurok Reservation), plaster infill, and backlit shoji screens.

Services Provided: Design and construction.

Press:

Tricycle, Denver Post

retreat right in your own backyard

huts-diagramSimple and spare, huts distill the craft of carpentry down to its essentials. For us, they offer an opportunity to do our purest work. For the owner, our huts provide affordable retreats for practice, work, or play.

We draw inspiration for our designs from a centuries old Japanese layout and proportioning system (Kiwari) whose modular nature contributes to efficient design and construction.

Kiwari is unique in the way that it ties beauty directly to an aesthetic based on human-scale proportions, making it a perfect set of guiding principles for integrating proportion and harmony with modern notions of comfort and utility.

The beauty that is revealed when an object is pared to its essential functions is referred to as Kino-bi. In keeping with this principle, our basic hut is both beautiful and functional. And, we are more than happy to personalize your hut, making it perfect for you.

We are excited about these lovely huts, and thrilled to be able to offer our original designs in a simple, affordable package that stays true to our core beliefs.

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