hMa's latest Green project, designed in collaboration with Myonggi Sul, is the new Won Buddhist Retreat compound to be located in Claverack, New York. This is to be a Green community designed with a zero carbon footprint.
Ms. Sul brings great strengths to the hMa / Sul collaboration (hMa/S). Ms. Sul was formerly the Director of Interior Design at Gatje, Papachristou and Smith Architects, and an Associate at GN Associates. Currently, Ms. Sul is a Professor at Pratt Institute's Interior Design Department.
Ms. Sul's clients have included: Samsung Corporation; JP Stevens; Westinghouse Corporation; Kolon Corporation; Random House; Chemical Bank; kNBC;and GE Medical Systems; in addition to private residential clients.
At the Buddhist Retreat in Claverack, Ms. Sul brought great strengths to the project, with insights into the interior design of every room in the project. Ms. Sul designed most of the project interiors, and was instrumental in the high level of discussion that occurred throughout the project. This includes the powerful manner in which the team linked interior spaces with the exterior views to Nature.
The Won Buddhist Retreat is a retreat in rural, upstate New York for spiritual reflection and discussion. The property gently slopes toward the west, offering views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains. The buildings for the center, which include permanent and guest residences, an administration building and a large meditation hall, are placed in the northern end of the site, set back from the highway. The buildings are all oriented towards the west and south to maximize view and light, while each building is organized around an internal courtyard.