The building I chose is a Whole Foods in Columbia, Maryland, USA. It sits on Lake Kittamaqundi - a beautiful man-made lake in the town of Columbia. The building was originally designed by famous architect Frank Gehry in the 1960s. The structure is a boxy stucco exterior with timber terraces throughout.
The aim of my design project was to create a lakeside retreat for people suffering from anxiety and depression. However, people who do not suffer from these disorders but may be overworked, have suffered loss, or just need a refresh in their lives are also very welcome. Guests can come and use the amenities as they please, but this retreat center is also a hotel for people who want long stays or do not live close and need a night or a few away. With two large yoga studios, a pool with a view of the lake, seminar rooms for mental health talks, smoothie bars, a spa and a boutique, Serenity Lake Retreat Center has it all and is welcome to all.