How to make silence and contemplation attractive and desirable? A rising Monastic Mood is defined by designing and curating a space of stillness as a way of creating a sanctuary of silence.
In 2019, I decided to dedicate myself fully to the study of the architecture of silence, visiting sacred places and inspiring architecture to understand the conditions of silence. […] I immediately felt the energetic potential of this space. It felt like an industrial monastery with its majestic entrance, its 3-floors-high metal shelves, the accumulator tower, and its attic with a wooden ceiling.”- Cedric Etienne
Cedric Etienne, co-founder of Studio Corkinho (Antwerp-based) started a pilgrimage that took him to monasteries and cloisters in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Japan to study silent meditation in Buddhist monasteries. He would also visit teahouses in Kyoto and in the Japanese islands of Naoshima and Teshima and study the particular features of emptiness Japanese architecture offers.
Later, he found Noorderpershuis, a 19th-century building abandoned since the mid-1970s that had served as a hydraulic power station.
The renovation concluded in a repurposed space and architecture of silence. The Still Room holds a selection of Studio Corkinho’s designs as well as a contemplative environment forming a portfolio of their silence design approach.
As a concept, STILL travels to your home, in the form of one-off installations or as part of hospitality, branding, events, or wellness purposes.
The Monastic Mood is one of the concepts we explain in our next trend report The New Care Economy. Shaping silence in spaces, architecture, and objects to cultivate silence and austerity is on the rise; plaster-washed walls and the absence of clutter remind the aesthetics of sacred spaces (and monk cells).
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