At this year’s Summer Course, the top floor of the barn was tidy and safe enough to be open for many meetings — including a few sessions of the International Center Meetings. Why was the drafty, dim-light space that smells of old hay so exciting for us? — because this rustic space will become our future meditation hall. The animation below, made by our EC resident architect Tamas, walks us through what a pleasant space it will be for practice. Notice the view of the Allgäu mountains; this strip of windows around the baseboards on both sides will bring in amble natural light at all times of day.
The other graphic below gives an overview of what else the construction and renovations entail. The new construction will hug the present grounds in an L, creating two additional grassy courtyards. The ground floor of the barn underneath the gompa will become a kitchen and dining hall. With the gompa, kitchen, and dining hall all in one building, the old barn will become the heart of the EC activity in the center of our grounds. Finally, the new residential & seminar building will offer a permanent space for living, exhibitions, seminars, meetings, and other such events, and thus help to preserve the monument-protected villa by shifting most activities to the new building.
After various design attempts, this masterful approach will give all the space we need with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. The team behind this design includes Ronald Gnaiger and Helmut Dietrich of Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architechts in Bregenz, Austria, along with Ronald Knaak of the Hamburg Sangha. The right-hand edge of the graphic shows where these new buildings blend gradually into the hillside; and with a grass-covered roof the construction will be scarcely visible from the hill above. One feature not represented here is the skylights which stretch the length of the residential building, bringing plenty of sunlight into the rooms.
Today at 5pm, the architects involved in the project (click “Team”) are presenting the latest architectural plans and first visualizations of the planned Europe Center extension in the EC. They will discuss the project with the EC residents, several Diamond Way architects. The international EC keypeople will also access the presentation via closed streaming.