The Undeliberate Monument

A design proposal for a yoga shala narrating a new aesthetic for the circular economy in the heart of Portugal.

Background

the existing retreat of Vale de Moses

1. Purpose

How can the shala have a physical presence but still allow us to surrender to the phenomena that is the unifying forces of the surrounding nature?

Contrary to the promise of ‘maintenance free’ products, the proposed architecture becomes conscious of its own life cycles

2. The Journey

1. Directed Attention

2. Attention Fatigue Recovery

3. Effortless Attention

4. Attention Restoration

3. The Space

4. The Cycle

Perspective floor plan view of the yoga shala
Constructive section through the yoga shala
Mycelium journey (1.) Chaff is collected from the forest floor, removing fuel for forest fires, and pasteurised in boiling water. (2.) The mixture is left in the mold for 4–6 weeks to grow and form mycelium. (3.) The mixture is left in the mold for 4–6 weeks to grow and form mycelium. (4.) The mold is removed and the wall is left to dry and harden in the hot Portugese sun.

Appendix: Design Process

Contextual research and affinity mapping
Remote design reviews and iterations
ecological and structural concept reviews
Presentation & narrative

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