By Beverly Pereira
Photography: Courtesy the architect
A holiday home in Maharashtra adopts an environmentally friendly approach in its rustic aesthetics and structural techniques...
Architect Pramod Chaugule designs a two-storey holiday home for his client Nitin Nayak, annexed to an existing structure comprising a living room, kitchen and bedroom. The new structure, on the 8094 sq. m. plot, adds on a sit-out area, master bedroom and library, resulting in a full-fledged weekend getaway.
The new façade is coherent with the existing one; both have been redesigned to exude a solid, earthy feel using such local materials as cream Gokak stone and black sun-dressed pointed basalt stone. Their roofs are congruent; thanks to perfectly matched slopes and the use of Mangalore tiles for an ethnic touch.
Recycled steel, wood and bamboo feature widely across the home, as does exposed brickwork. While minimal wooden furniture lends each space a sense of vastness, bamboo beds and cupboards usher in a natural appeal. Wooden flooring and exposed brick walls against yellow, orange, brown and off-white peppered with green, seen on the home’s décor, drapery and walls, carry forward this earthy look.
Large glass windows ventilate the rooms and bring in ample sunlight. They also promote a sense of transparency within the home, besides connecting the interior with the verdant exterior. A bamboo courtyard at the centre of the house creates an interesting focal point and can be seen through all living areas.
Outside, a free flowing swimming pool, and a bridge and stilted lookout (machan) crafted from bamboo, merge with the natural surroundings. In keeping with the home’s eco-friendly appearance, the architect also diligently applies energy-conserving technologies and landscaping that completes his vernacular approach to architecture.