Sopron Monastery Sopron, Hungary
Sheppard Robson has developed plans to expand and extend the monastery ‘hotel-retreat’ at Sopron in Hungary, a hotel with guest rooms, restaurant and conferencing facilities in a picturesque edge-of-town, semi-rural location.
The monastery of historical significance provides the conceptual starting point for a wholly different individual and collective experience. Everything about the retreat is intended to promote, and be totally conducive to, self-reflection, introspection, contemplation and collective well-being. The rooms, stepping down the hillside in a series of blocks, are a re-interpretation of the monastic cell, devoid of technology but not of comfort.
The experience of visiting and staying at the monastery will reflect and reinterpret the pilgrimages of those who had come to found the monastery in 1482 and those who have been coming ever since. The underpinning concept is that of a journey starting from sensory deprivation and progressing to sensory (and social) engagement. At the heart of the project is a well-being spa. Herbs grown on site provide the raw ingredients for aroma and other therapeutic treatments and a series of sensory deprivation chambers allow you to float, weightlessly suspended in a saline solution at body temperature with absolutely nothing to distract you. From here you move onto greater degrees of engagement with your senses and of course with others.
- World Servers Foundation
- 3,220 m2