An outdoor space indoor. One would see skylight after walking through a labyrinth and, via a stair in this room, to the dark main workshop space upstairs.
A place for full body cleanse. One must submerge into the water in order to enter the meditation / seating space.
A more intimate space for worship located in the basement. The window allows natural light to shower the prayer and acts as a threshold between the serene room and distressing street of New York City.
For self-reflection and self-exploration. Be aware of the body movement is the first step to meditation. Before entering the main worship hall, however, visitors are to enter a labyrinth through this mirror maze.
The main staircase connects all the programs and creates moments that promote vertical circulation across activities.
LIGHT IN STAIR
Natural light fills the staircase giving visitor a feeling of openness and gives a state of wakefullness and good mood.
THRESHOLD TO STAIR
The staircase is a fully enclosed vertical void separated from the floors. Visitors travel through the space in this sunlight-lit column.
PATH TO THE MAIN WORSHIP SPACE
The labyrinth allows one to move through a series of turns and to be more aware of body movement.
Living in a metropolitan environment could be like being in a maze. A-Maze is located in the Flatiron District in New York City, a metropolitan area with a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Closed to the Madison Square Park, this location is a hub for park-goers, runners, dog walkers, food, culture and entertainment.
“Psychological space is at the core of spatial experience. It is intertwined the subjective impression of actual spatial geometry and born in the imagination.” -Steven Holl