Amazing Award Winning Kripalu Annex
Peter Rose and partners has opened an award-winning housing tower, a place where the meditative and rejuvenating yoga were blend together. Its calledthe Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.
The Kripalu Annex was awarded the AIA National Housing Award for Specialized Housing and was named Honorable Mention for I.D.’s 2010 Annual Design Review.
Peter Rose chose to create an interplay of modern and natural materials that blends well with the environment. It contains 80 rooms and a large yoga studio set on a tapering axis that is designed to frame views of dense woodlands.
The concrete structure is clad in slatted cypress that offers a streamlined design and places the landscape first. Movable cypress sunscreens temper heat gain, create dynamic shadows on the sunny southern exposure, and provide scents of natural wood in guest rooms.
The facility includes a variety of sustainable features that allow the Annex to reduce its ecological footprint and cut its energy use in half. It has features a planted roof and a hydronic radiant heating and cooling system.
And also a natural ventilation and lighting are provided throughout, and the building plan is crafted to funnel breezes. Because of the simple design decisions this building is 30 percent smaller than a similar conventional building.
The project represents the beginning of a new master plan for the 300-acre Kripalu campus which proposes a mix of renovated existing buildings, landscape improvements, and new structures intended to provide an environmentally sensitive model of sustainability.