Marin County, CA
Located on 200 acres of rolling hills above Petaluma, CA, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is a nonprofit organization that sponsors research, workshops and retreats regarding the potentials of human consciousness, mind, and spirit. The outdoor space functions as stage, dining room, congregation space, and transitional area to the surrounding native landscape. Incorporating tenets of ecological sustainability and regionalism, the project uses sustainable construction materials such as fly-ash concrete, local aggregate, and poured earth. Native plants and grasses transition seamlessly to the adjoining grasslands.