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Yoga & Meditation Pavilion

Northern elevation Northern elevation Justin Alexander Photographer

Tobias Partners

NSW & ACT Entries 2010

This yoga and meditation pavilion is designed as an outbuilding to a heritage residence on a rural site on the NSW south coast.

A finely detailed version of the Australian vernacular, its board and batten timber cladding references the early settler slab huts.

The building incorporates an exercise/meditation room, a steam room, bathroom, kitchenette and sun deck.

Reading as two independent timber cubicles raised on a timber platform, the functions are fully concealed behind the timber board & battening.

The smaller cubicle houses the kitchenette, the larger contains the bathroom and steam room.

Between the two is the exercise and meditation area, enjoying the view experience over the lake towards the ocean.

This sheltered timber platform is completely open at both ends, but can be closed off with glass doors that slide beside the larger cubicle cladding to open the space completely.

To allow an unimpeded connection to place, material finish and detailing is seamless.

The interior ceiling is lined with composite aluminum paneling; the wet areas are lined with compressed fibrous cement with drainage concealed.

In the tradition of Australia’s early buildings, the pavilion uses local spotted gum for its exterior cladding, doubling as interior lining and door fascias.

The grace note to this finely detailed structure is its skillion roof, arcing up to the north above clerestory awning windows, announcing it as a quiet, solitary shelter in which to commune the landscape.
Entered into:
  • Best Use Of Australian Certified Timber, 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber Flooring, 2010
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
  • Outdoor Timber – Stand alone structures (Sheds, landscapes, decks, etc), 2010
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