Welcome to Zazen Studio!
One day a close friend came to stay over, and he enjoyed the visit so much that he stayed longer. We wanted make our guest to feel welcome and comfortable, but considering that our house was not an exclusive space and that there is such a shortage of resources on planet earth, we knew it was not a time to just start building. That was when the idea to build a “get-away log cabin” was first proposed. We had no idea how to start building the Studio, but we had the will and so we might get the way…
We ordered a pre-fabricated cabin in pinewood, which in South Africa is known as “Wendy House”. We specifically ordered thicker pine planks (18mm) for added robustness. The manufacturer delivered the pine panels; the field team planted the stilts on the open terrain, leveled and fitted the panels together. The Studio’s shell was ready. It was only then that the real tailor-made work got started.
Just as we started putting in insulation, and painting the roof, ceiling and interior walls, our friend decided otherwise and left to work next to the Tugela River. Besides the aim of pleasing our dearest departing friend we decided that the studio would then please our dearest clients therefore keeping the same principle. A peaceful environment, away from crowds. Exclusive, cozy, simultaneously simple and yet comfortable. The Studio style was inspired from the Japanese concept which traditionally used compressed rice paper and bamboo to build houses. In South Africa we used pinewood. The Studio was named ZaZen – in Zen Buddhism, zazen (literally “seated meditation”) is a meditative discipline practitioners perform to calm the body and the mind and experience insight into the nature of existence and thereby gain enlightenment (satori). The posture of zazen is seated, with folded legs and hands, and an erect but settled spine.
The ZaZen Studio is a tailor-made garden cottage designed to ensure the comfortable stay of two guests.
We hope you enjoy!