MKM Architecture + Design was recently awarded an AIA Merit Award for MoonTree Studios. A ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, MoonTree Studios challenges people to experience mindfulness as they explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, zand the Spirit within. The collection of buildings create an environment for exploration – a space for fearlessly creating.
The building designs support a range of traditional arts activities as well as specialized workshops and exhibits. While visibly modern upon approach, it is situated and shaped carefully to blend comfortably with the rural surroundings.
MoonTree Studios convey a wide range of sustainable design principles and technologies. It achieved LEED-Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council as part of the owner’s ongoing educational mission. The 10kW wind turbine generates power from prevailing winds for use in meeting the facility’s electrical loads and strongly signals the energy-conscious theme at MoonTree.
While MoonTree Studios promoted sustainable development, it was more concerned with how these spaces fostered social interaction and creativity for its users of all ages and abilities. This project looked at how studio space could affect community health and well-being. Through experiencing MoonTree, people awaken to their creative potential and sow the seeds for a more mindful, compassionate and sustainable Earth Community.
~Katie O’Muireagain, Director of Business Development, MKM Architecture + Design