MEDITATION HOUSE, MEXICO CITY
Deborah Wilk -- Interior Design, 12/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
A triangular cumaru - wood door 30 feet high marks the transition from the secular world to this place of meditation, designed by Carlos and Gerard Pascal for members of the Jewish faith. Enter, and you'll encounter a space that's truly a religious experience. Mayan and ancient Egyptian temples inspired the imposing 2,800-square-foot interior entirely clad in flamed Spanish granite. The vestibule, also triangular, leads to a sanctuary empty except for the cumaru cantilevered bench ringing the perimeter. Sunlight enters from one side, thanks to the glass wall of a central courtyard planted with a single tree, and from the heavens, through a skylight.
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Elliott + Associates Architects
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Gluckman Mayner Architects
PROJECT Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.
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