Named after the mind altering Soma plant referenced in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, this retreat in Byron Bay is a dream come true for a seasoned meditation teacher seeking an alternative to the bustle of Sydney.
Gary Gorrow taught meditation for many years with a goal of one day teaching in a space of his own.
When the time was right Gary turned to his brother, a hotelier residing in Bali, for design inspiration.
The result was a bespoke architectural space more ambitious - and with challenges far greater - than Gary had ever imagined.
Nature played a starring role in the design process at Soma, from an earthy interior palette at the residence to the translucent geodesic dome inspired by American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller.
Every aspect of the design aesthetic at Soma is intended to exist in symbiosis with the natural beauty of the forest.
Up Next in Season 1
Julia Ashwood and her husband Matt Rabbidge were courting patrons of the Eltham Hotel before they became owners. They adored the historic village of Eltham, nestled in the hinterland and removed from the bustle of Byron Bay. When Julia suddenly became the proud new co-owner of The Eltham Hotel in...
Lune de Sang
🏆 Nominated for the 2022 Caesar Design Film Award
🏆 Official Selection Copenhagen Architecture Festival
🏆 Official Selection Arquiteturas Film Festival
Since 2008, Andy and Deirdre have been on a mission to start ‘putting things back’ by regenerating an ancient subtropical rainforest surrounding...
Pandanus Beach Shack
In this episode, eclectic Byron based interior designer Louella Boitel-Gill takes us to an original beach shack in Wategos, renovated for playful clients who briefed Louella to ‘embrace the shack’. Louella speaks candidly about her influences during the design process and how working closely with...