Seoul’s bustling streets seem far away from the Milmila Yoga Center, which uses the contrast of concrete and wood to create a peaceful space for meditation in the city’s heart.
Yoga rooms are lined floor-to-ceiling with wood and framed by large windows that look out onto the studio’s outdoor space. The city’s presence can be felt via a rough stone pillar that juts into the studio – which is tucked away behind a steel entranceway, reached via a long climb uphill.
Practitioners can choose to workout in several spaces across the yoga studio, including the grass-screened garden or a pebbly roof terrace looking over the nearby Mt Namsan. The balance between city and nature is further emphasised in Milmila’s bathroom, where a moss-covered boulder supports a sink.
‘Soft elements, heavy objects, and the flexibility of the boundary where nature interacts help you experience the flexibility of the body and the openness of emotions,’ explains 100A Associates.
Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea