This suspended meditation chamber forms the physical and spiritual core of a Bethesda, Md., residence designed by David Jameson Architect and built by Added Dimensions. The 8-foot-by-11-foot pod hangs from a series of exposed steel rods and receives added support from the shear wall beneath. Enclosed in translucent glass and plaster and bathed in daylight from nearby clerestory windows, the refuge casts a gentle glow into the center of the home.

Climbing its alternate-tread stairs requires concentration—a move Jameson says was entirely purposeful. “You have to think about what you're doing,” he explains. “The experience of meditation starts as you prepare to enter the space.”