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Holy Island Buddhist Retreat Centre, Scotland

Holy Island

Tony Fretton & Juan Salgado, 1993 Competition

When we imposed the typology of the retreat centres over the existing landscape and allowed it to be distorted, unexpected forms appeared. The rational logic of the plan is no longer apparent in the physicality of the object that results from the blending.
Gravity affects the typology of the cloister. The spaces are man­made in a natural manner, the linearity of the corridor, distorted by the landscape, belongs to a different perceptual order.

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Concepts of non orthogonal (soft) geometries

Holy Island

After several years pursuing an architecture without form, that is to say avoiding the creation of form for its own sake, I found myself encountering the inevitability of the architect as a maker of forms which are charged with all of our cultural preoccupations.

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