The project represents a redesign of the Naropa University campus in Boulder, CO. I approached the design process holistically and worked to compliment the importance of contemplative practices particular to a Buddhist institution of learning. After a comprehensive analysis of the existing site and program, a re-envisioned campus plan was created that focused on establishing a strong central green space between the existing campus buildings and the new proposed building. The planned campus addition consolidates existing program and features several new classrooms, offices, student lounges, a bookstore, cafe, meditation space, and performance hall.
The design features rammed earth as the primary material sustainable, rammed earth has a much smaller embodied energy than traditional materials and is also more healthful for its inhabitants. The appearance of the earthen walls grounds the building into the site with a monolithic presence that is delicately punctuated with sunlit apertures.