Client : Kripalu CenterLocation : Lenox, Massachusetts, USAArchitect in collaboration : Rose-Guggenheimer studio
Center for yoga and heath.
The Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts is a spiritual and volunteer organization that offers programs in yoga and holistic health. The building itself was originally built as a Jesuit seminary in 1957 on the site of the former Shadowbrook mansion and became the Kripalu Center in 1983. The center is now undergoing a transformation as it expands its educational offerings.
Master plan and green consulting
L’OEUF, in collaboration with The Rose Guggenheimer Studio, is providing consulting services for the planned repair, renovation, and upgrade of the existing building. More accomodation is to be added, the building will be re-planned to better suit the center’s needs and a separate Wellness center is to be constructed. L’OEUF is bringing its considerable expertise in sustainable construction to the master planning of the project. Particular themes on which L’OEUF has focussed include ecologically sound water strategies for the site, renovation of the building with respect for the embodied energy of the structure and cladding, natural ventilation and day-lighting. Recognizing the importance of collaboration in the design process, L’OEUF?has invited several experts to the project including Bill Mitsch and Matthias Schuler of TransSolar Klimaengineering.
A proposed recladding system addresses problems with the existing envelope while conserving the building’s embodied energy.