Bonnevaux project wins Gold at the 2019 London Design Awards


We are very happy to announce that the design for Bonnevaux by DP Architects has been awarded Gold at the London Design Awards.

The project converts the site of a 12th-century abbey near Poitiers, France, into a campus of peace and meditation, and a new home for the World Community for Christian Meditation. Works on the 65-hectare site involve the conservation and adaptive re-use of listed buildings, and the construction of new structures to provide for modern needs.

The master plan, architecture and landscape were designed to respond sensitively to the surrounding and global context, to create a serene yet supported environment that promotes spirituality and fosters an inclusive contemplative community.

Watch a short video on the Bonnevaux project:

The CEO of DP Architects and designer of the project, Ms Angelene Chan, says, “Our larger ambition is to use design to support radical inner transformation for the community members, and to play a part in raising wider awareness of the need for contemplation in an increasingly externalised and chaotic world.”

Angelene Chan (CEO of DP Architects) speaks on Bonnevaux

DP Architects is an international firm of architects based in Singapore, that has generously given its ongoing service to the realisation of the Bonnevaux vision. The World Community congratulates Angelene and all DP team and thank them for helping Bonnevaux be realised.

We would like to send also congratulations to all teams involved in the Bonnevaux Project:

Architect: DP Architects
Local Architect: Bernard Ruel
Project Manager: Wolfgang Hasne
Quantity Surveyor: Hilarion Navecth
Building Services (MEP): (Bureau d’Etudes Techniques) BET Poureau

The London Design Awards program provides recognition across a range of categories and celebrates the creativity and courage of those who are leading the way. The awards ceremony will be held on the 5th November.

When completed, Bonnevaux will incorporate a variety of accommodation types: L’Abbaye (The Abbey), the community home; La Grange (The Barn), a conference facility; L’écurie (The Stables), the main guesthouse including the site’s central reception; and Le Village Contemplatif (The Contemplative Village), private cells and gardens for self-contemplation and rest.

Thank you also for all Bonnevaux Community and everyone around the world that supported (and still supporting) the project of our new international home and retreat centre. Bonnevaux still a work in progress and you can click at “Learn More” to have extra info and see ways you can support us.