This project was initially conceived by the client as a space where he could spend time studying religion, spirituality and philosophy. Since he required that there be no religious or cultural references, the architects aimed to create a simple, primitive structure of the sort that preceded organised society. The emphasis is on natural materials - wood, stone, clay and straw - recycled where possible, as in the use of sleepers as structural supports. With a simple kitchen, extensive library, indoor and outdoor seating, Internet access and audio-visual equipment, the space is now open to members of the public seeking personal development.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.