Construction Wrapping Up at the Esalen Institute


As work at the Esalen Lodge wraps up, we are thrilled to watch our drawings become reality, and to see how the community is embracing the space and making it their own.  Inside the lodge, the new meeting rooms are complete with their exposed trusses and treetop views, and are serving nicely as temporary dining spaces.  Downstairs, the dining room is receiving new energy efficient windows, built-in benches, and baffled skylights, and will soon open to the new kitchen and café.  The main entry is taking shape, with an expanded but familiar bookstore.  Throughout the space, small and large details ground the design in its place and community– from the beautiful tile mosaic of the coastline designed by Wilma Wyss, to the salvaged redwood doors by Ed Welch that honor winter and summer constellations, to the solstice windows that track the passing of the seasons.  We look forward to seeing how Esalen settles into its new home through many seasons to come.







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