Yoga and Meditation Pavilion

December 15, 2014

Location: Tilba NSW

This yoga and meditation pavilion is designed as an outbuilding to a heritage residence on a rural site on the south coast of NSW. A refined version of Australian vernacular, its board and batten timber cladding references early settler slab huts. The building incorporates an exercise/meditation room, a steam room, bathroom, kitchenette and sun deck. Reading as two independent timber cubicles raised on a timber platform, the functions are fully concealed behind the timber board & battening. The smaller cubicle houses the kitchenette, the larger contains the bathroom and steam room. Between the two cubicles is the exercise and meditation area, enjoying the view over the lake towards the ocean. This sheltered timber platform is completely open at both ends, and can be closed off with glass doors that slide beside the larger cubicle cladding to open the space completely. To allow an unimpeded connection to place, material finish and detailing is seamless. The interior ceiling is lined with composite aluminium paneling; the wet areas are lined with compressed fibrous cement with drainage concealed. In the tradition of Australia’s early buildings, the pavilion uses local spotted gum for its exterior cladding, doubling as interior lining and door fascias. The grace note to this finely detailed structure is its skilion roof, arcing up to the north above clerestory awning windows, announcing it as a quiet, solitary shelter in which to commune with the landscape.






Press & Media:

Sydney Morning Herald. Boyd, Carolyn (2011, July 24). Making the most of nature. Retrieved from 

Baldwin, Myles. “Haxted.” Australian Coastal Gardens. October 2013 Print. Retrieved from

Author: Nick tobias