Navigation for Spiritual Outlook

Wellington architect Hugh Tennent is fostering an unusual design niche for himself. 

Combining a passion for Buddhist meditation with a love of architecture, Hugh has designed and overseen the building of many spiritual spaces around the country, from a Cistercian Abbey in the Hawkes Bay, to a meditation retreat near Akaroa.

And while he enjoys working on both domestic and commercial buildings, he says it’s the ability to support the spiritual wellbeing of a community through his architecture, that brings him most satisfaction.

Lisa Thompson travelled to Wellington to meet Hugh and to discover how he is helping people bring order to the chaos of everyday life.

Gallery: Spiritual spaces

Christ College of TransHimalayan Wisdom meditation space
Christ College of TransHimalayan Wisdom meditation space. Image courtesy of Hugh Tennent.