State of Kin are a multi-disciplinary Perth based studio with works ranging from single residential housing to bars and restaurants to retail, commercial and wellness sectors.  They deliver expressive, contemporary spaces with a unique identity – each project built with character, vitality and zeal. 
Bodyscape Yoga Studio in Nedlands which was completed in 2019 was an interesting project I wanted to explore with Director, Amy Clark, because of its unique character, simple and serene interior as well as its ability to enhance the practice of yoga and wellbeing acting as a vital part of the Perth Yoga community. 
In a society that is more and more aware of our mental wellbeing and the impact that has on our body, there is an increase in the demand for places where the body is nurtured, taken care of and where a person can reach their longed for psychophysical wellness desires. 
The aim of wellness projects such as this, is commonly to refine and captivate architectural experiences that can facilitate and support the search and achievement of psychophysical wellness.  It is important for architects to deeply study the perceptive and clinical fundamentals of wellness and the planning and technical characteristics of the different elements of wellness spaces in order to achieve what is required of the brief. 
Through speaking with Amy, she began to explain, “A peaceful retreat nestled just outside of the city, Bodyscape Yoga Studio provides a welcome respite from modern day living. As an establishment bearing a powerful philosophy and progressive approach to the field of Wellness, we created a sophisticated, graceful and authentic physical embodiment of the practitioners, community and activities happening within.”
She began to speak about the brief and how that was unique, “..tranquil, serene, high-end effortlessness. Bodyscape is sited within a renovated historic postal office is flooded with natural light and generous, high ceilings. Our approach to this project was defined by creating a calm, contemplative space that takes its cues from refined designs and cuts loose from what has become the tropes of traditional gyms. The space plays with a softer, more feminine palette. These qualities are supported by every physical interaction within the space. The details are soft and approachable – with design decisions around tactility, space and light convey a sense of purposeful serenity, that echoes the brands ambitions.”
“Curved benches, luscious planting, pill shaped window apertures to soften light and create an intriguing entry passage. Soft, round forms reflect the gentle ambience of the space. Strong geometric lines offset curves of nearby elements, creating tension and balance. Natural textures are tactile and smooth, with touches of terracotta and eucalypt to add depth and interest to clean spaces. Glazing plays a large role in making spaces feel larger – windows and mirrors frame vignettes and highlight movement. Curated furniture pieces, natural limestone, travertine, greenery and a generous sweep of drapes, align to imbue the place with a sense of familiarity and restfulness.”
These building qualities which are reflective and an embodiment of the practice of yoga, work to enhance the conscious and unconscious state of mind. For the occupant, what this means is that the interaction and connection between the human mind-body and these physical elements of a building are able to achieve an array of sensations, feelings and experiences that orientate our approach to our wellness practice. The sensations triggered by the described tactility of the building acts as a tool to heighten the experiential elements of memory, grounding oneself and spatial awareness which are fundamental to the growth of ones practice.
“The successful amalgamation of a clean, sleek aesthetic within a heritage envelope is an example of respectful and diligent innovation with sensitivity in conception. Clean lines are softened with curved edges; light and shadow dance fluidly through rooms and play off reflective mirrors to emphasize the movement and flow of patrons in practice. The transitional journey through spaces is reminiscent of the activities occurring within – practice spaces can be energetic and vivacious, or serene and meditative accordingly. Treatment rooms for massage and ayurvedic practice are welcoming and luscious.”
I asked, “And finally, do you believe the building / design is a true reflection of the fundamental principles of yogic practice? (A place where mind, body and spirit unite?)”
Amy replied saying, “The space is shaped in relation to the practices of contemplation, relaxation, exploration. It interprets the practice of yoga with a balance of strength and delicacy, poise and suppleness expressed through materiality and form. Manifesting an invigorating, joyous energy; or peaceful repose, the studio is welcoming and nurturing throughout.”
As an extension on her description of the technical connection between the practice of yoga and the building’s qualities, I believe Bodyscape Yoga, and its mood-altering characteristics, has been successful in acting as a spatial channel for the yogi’s and teacher’s to embody their highest and most superior self through the practice of psychophysical awareness.
 “about our kin,” state of kin, accessed April 13, 2021, https://www.stateofkin.com.au/our-family-2
 Jan Henderson, “Bodyscape Yoga Studio is Tranquil, Through and Through,” Habitus Living, November 24, 2020, https://www.habitusliving.com/architecture/places/bodyscape-yoga-perth-state-of-kin
 Yacademy, “Architecture for Wellness: The Space for Body and Soul,” ArchDaily, May 28, 2018, https://www.archdaily.com/895191/architecture-for-wellness-the-space-for-body-and-soul
Figure 1, 2, 3 & 4: Jan Henderson, “Bodyscape Yoga Studio is Tranquil, Through and Through,” Habitus Living, November 24, 2020, https://www.habitusliving.com/architecture/places/bodyscape-yoga-perth-state-of-kin