"The building didn't just grow out of the land," observed a visitor. "It's definitely modern, relatively, but not so severe that it feels like an intrusion on the beauty."

Few things are simpler than the pleasures of a summer day: golden sun, rustling breezes, kaleidoscopes of shade. When the location is Alango, add open-air to the attractions.

It's an institution that says "teach the way we like to live", meaning easily but with loads of style.

Given today's culture of impatience, it's more common that someone just wants a structure done quickly - but as proved so appealingly here, a contemplative approach can result in a retreat of rare distinction.

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re•pur•pose

rē' pǝrpǝs/

verb

1. adapt for use in a different purpose.