Plum Village

Plum Village

Project Concept / Create a balanced tension of opposites; old/new, lightness/weight, ascending/descending, crafted/rugged. Clearly separate public (first floor) and private (second floor). Create an iconic building that signifies "presence" and "place" for lower hamlet and the thousands of visitors that arrive and participate in retreats. Metaphorically the new structure perches on the old like a bird  on a nest; resting, watching and caring for its offspring like the monastic community cares for its sangha. The union of opposite embodied by the building creates a tran-scendant levity for the spirit.

  • Client Thich Nhat Hahn, Plum Village   /   Location Plum Village, France
  • Completion 1992 (Un-built)   /   Scope 2,000 s.f.
  • Scott Francis Architect
  • Project Ownership Francis Creative
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