Yoga Mandir | Craig Tan Architects

Yoga Mandir | Craig Tan Architects | Photographer: U__P

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Yoga Mandir | Craig Tan Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Lived in and travelled through by the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people

Australian Capital Territory

EmAGN Project Award
Interior Architecture
NMC Construction
Project summary

Yoga Mandir is a collaboration with our clients the Molonglo Group, within the greater Dairy Road development at Fyshwick, and is an exercise in design restraint to heighten an immersive experience.

Inspired by the attainment of Samyama, the integration of the body and mind, Yoga Mandir evokes a journey to renewal by activating the senses.

The moodily lit entry space, prepares the users for the tranquility of the communal main studio space. A dark fibre cement dado, frames sculptural arrangement of furniture and pendants that work in counterpoint to the ensconcing plywood of the main studio, gently lit by bespoke canvas sling lights.

Yoga Mandir activates the senses through a distillation of light and materiality, creating a space of tranquility and connectedness.

My brief was to create a school which was a reflective space where students come to look within; a place of refuge in the busyness of life.

In yoga we understand that the senses interact with space. Natural textured plywood walls and soft lighting shades create an intimate, warm space with reflected light, whilst cork flooring is soft underfoot and retains warmth from heating panels above, collectively supporting meditative practice.

The school moto is ‘to find the still point in a turning world’ and the design delivers on this perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Project Practice Team

Craig Tan, Director
Qun Zhang, Graduate of Architecture
Stephanie Bott, Project Lead
Tess Williamson, Project Architect

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Yoga Mandir | Craig Tan Architects | Photographer: U__P

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