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Red Retreat Project With Rich Biodiversity

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Red Retreat Project With Rich Biodiversity

Amba, a village situated in Kolhapur – Ratnagiri state highway nestled in the western ghats of Sahyadri ranges. With evergreen tropical forests, the region is an environmental hotspot with rich biodiversity. The site of Red Retreat is 456-sqmt with a negligible slope and rocky terrain oriented in East-West axis, on the longer side with a splendid view of reserved forest, which is acting as a backyard. It has direct connectivity from highway providing vignettes of mountains.

Red Retreat Project With Rich Biodiversity
Red Retreat Project With Rich Biodiversity

Zoning & Space Planning:
The design revolves around analysing the vernacular style, materials, climatic response and panoramic unobstructed view. Considering the prevailing breeze, the social space has been articulated in the western part of the site and the abode planned around it to aid the cross ventilation.

The structure is bundled into modules of 400x400mm and 4x4m, which repeated to express the internal spaces. The ground floor is articulated and laid to allow the space flow from inside to outside. The well-articulated south wall stands tall, adorning the traditional architectural elements. The living area is linear in shape and acts as a major connector to the rest of the retreat, space has a beautiful spill over to the large congregational lawn; it comes out really alive throughout the day with the play of light. The immediate wall parallel to the elegant staircase is adorned with the warli painting and highlighted with skylight above.

The Master bedroom is raised by a meter to play in volumes and accessed by the mystic corridor. The raised level provides an opportunity of unobstructed view on the three sides of the naturally borrowed landscape; it further opens up into verandah and fused with social space through the sloping lawn. The first-floor bedroom has its own significance, which opens up into a large terrace and a covered balcony, which provides magnificent vista. The servant’s room on the ground floor is strategically positioned for easy service entry as well as visual connectivity to the entrance gate.

The structure is load-bearing and characterized by the use of laterite stone as a vernacular material. The distinct language of the laterite stone adds a unique flavour to the appearance of a retreat. As the structure nestled in the womb of nature, the emphasis is to use of natural material as leather polished Kadappa & Shahabad stone for internal as well as outdoor spaces.

The profile of the house is dominated by the sloping roof and extended widely to protect from heavy rains. The height provides the feeling of traditional abodes and friendly relation to the massing. The main door is dominated with the sense of wada entrance with precisely crafted basalt devalis on either side defines the vernacular feature. The outdoor spaces are expressed in terms of social pockets; play in levels, slopes, katta etc.

The structure adorned with the traditional elements. When looked a distance, it seems to be gently cropping up the natural landscape around rather than making a huge statement for itself.

Location: Amba, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Site Area: 456 Sqm.
Built-Up Area: 160 Sqm.
Month/Year of Commencement-Completion: Commencement – Apr 2014 & Completion – May 2016

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