12/5/10

The Treetop Yoga Room


Home is a place to establish priorities.  

Designating space to practice yoga in your home is as important as including a quiet reading area in your floor plan.  When I saw pictures of the tall, dark, and handsome home of Scott and Tracy Lee in Mill Valley, California, I fell head-over-heels for their treetop yoga room.

The nature-loving enthusiasm of the Lee family is embodied in the thoughtful design of their indoor-outdoor living spaces. Located on the second story deck, the eco-friendly yoga room is open to the temperate climate north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Range Yoga was founded on the idea that an outdoor yoga practice inspires a wonderful sense of freedom not found in a conventional studio.  The open design of the Lee's yoga room gives their family the flexibility of a multi-purpose living room, and the freedom to make yoga a priority. 


Sustainable Materials

The terraced profile of the Lee’s Hillside House is a striking combination of wood and metal punctuated by large window openings in the outdoor rooms. Horizontal lines of red cedar siding and black railing slow down the steepness of the verdant hillside. 

As owner/architect of the LEED-H Platinum certified home, Scott Lee achieved “high design and high sustainability” by using recycled standing metal-seam roofing, reclaimed timber beams, and drought tolerant landscaping. 1  As Vice-President of Spa Development at Auberge Resorts, Tracy Lee created a family sanctuary that integrates the shelter of her custom home with outdoor rooms to expand the living and breathing space.

Ms. Lee’s expertise in Spa development is evident in several ecological design features that nurture the soul. Privacy for the open-air bathtub on the Master Terrace is protected by the canopy of a nearby tree, and discreet access to the tub is available through the bathroom shower. 2  A covered deck buffers inclement weather while also providing a peaceful refuge after a hectic day.

Just beyond the gable roof is the yoga room/deck cooled naturally by Pacific breezes drifting across the hillside. Like an open palm, the deck invites you to explore the meditative benefits of yoga in the personal space of home. What appears to be a healthy patch of green grass on the floor is a soy-based synthetic lawn that's easy to maintain. 3 The multi-purpose design of the yoga deck also serves as a play space for her children while providing a bird’s-eye view of their environment.

The Hillside House demonstrates how sustainable materials can add an eclectic touch to residential architecture. Including a yoga room in your home allows you to build a holistic practice to sustain your lifestyle and optimize your well-being.





Sources:

2 Jess Chamberlain, “Taking the Lead,” Sunset Living In The West, November 2010, pp. 60-63.
Chamberlain, p. 60-63.