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Matryoshka House

Maryland  USA  –  David Jameson Architect

You may recall the controversial Barcode House from this architect.  Here we present a very different, multi-award winning home that is focussed on a centrally hung meditation chamber.

Centrally hung mediation room
Centrally Hung Meditation Room

Here are the architect’s notes:

This small house is organised as a series of volumes nested one inside another. At the core, a suspended meditation chamber acts as the physical and spiritual centre of the project. The internal energy of the meditation chamber is encapsulated within an open glowing frame. An alternating tread stair engages the participant to deliberately ascend the threshhold to the meditation chamber. The meditation chamber is surrounded by a wooden container which encases the living areas of the house. This shell is in turn cradled by stucco walls serving as a protective layer and grounding the house to the earth. The in-between spaces of the nested volumes are strategically sliced to allow the sun to project lines of light within. By separating the three shells, the interstitial spaces allow light to become an architectural material that activates the interior.

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