VAJRASANA BUDDHIST RETREAT / WALTERS & COHEN ARCHITECTS
In January 2013, Walters & Cohen won a competition run by the London Buddhist Centre (LBC) to design the extension and refurbishment of the Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre.
Set in beautiful Suffolk countryside, Potash Farm has been home to the retreat centre for more than a decade, with very little adaptation to the buildings. The farmhouse accommodates 34 visitors but the LBC would like to increase this to 60 people, as well as creating a new meditation room and improving access around the site. Walters & Cohen's scheme replaces poorly insulated barns and sheds with new residential, meditation and communal accommodation, kept to the same footprint, which respect the scale, height and materials of the farmhouse. A sensitive landscape strategy provides areas of quiet contemplation and natural beauty in keeping with the rural location.
I was commissioned by Walters & Cohen to create a short film of the new buildings and spent a couple of days on site, just before the grand opening. For more information on the project or the architect see here.