Get Immersed In The Scenic Beauty of this Agriculture Farmstay in Gujarat Featuring Terracotta Tiled Roof | d6thD

Farmstay Resort- Aaranya | d6thD | Gujarat

Ahmadabad-based architect Himanshu Patel from “d6thD '' design studio has designed this beautiful agriculture farm stay - Aaranya'' in the picturesque location of Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary, Gujarat. Instead of spending millions on the best technology to create the greenest of the green buildings when very few Indians can associate with them, and even fewer can afford, the architect has come up with simple, established and honest practice offered by vernacular architecture. From the use of clay tiled roof and exposed natural sandstone walls to the local wooden charpai, every element in the cottages remains true to its context and testifies itself to the norms of vernacular architecture. The architect has shared more information about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Scroll down to read: 


Also Read: This Resort in Rajkot Features Seven Multi-level Pyramids Made of Glass and Steel

Terracotta Tiled Roof Architecture

Cultural and Ecological Sustainability- the Main Mantra

Mother Earth has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed. This simple statement remains the greatest insight into the ecology of this planet.

Farmstay-Resort-Aaranya-d6thD-Gujarat-Surfaces-Reporter The concern for climate as well as economic and cultural sustainability has been looked at to incorporate without which sustainability may not work in the Indian context. Therefore, the firm employed a simple, economic and time-honored concept of vernacular architecture in the best possible way to ensure a fantastic experience for the visitors.

Passive Cooling Strategies

More extended surfaces of the cottage face north-south direction to minimize heat gain and maximize cross ventilation and air flow from adjoining agricultural fields. With an objective to minimize its visual impact and response to its earthquake-prone area, the scale of the building has been kept so grounded.

Farmstay-Resort-Aaranya-d6thD-Gujarat-Surfaces-ReporterTwin cottage plan with hip roof intended to help offset the heavy rainfall in monsoon and heat in summer, native to this region. 

The Terracotta-Tiled Roof

The roof is made from terracotta, a material associated with the memory of many family generations. It has become a representative of the image of almost half a million Indian villages, so the whole design is evoking this one vital element of Indian architecture, The terracotta tiled roof. 


At a glance from the front, the sloping roof looks like it unites the Earth and sky. Externally, the elongated tiled roof forms a distinctive presence yet blended into the landscape, while internally, it shelters the entrance foyer and secures the visual privacy of the bedroom.

Farmstay-Resort-Aaranya-d6thD-Gujarat-Surfaces-ReporterThe entire roof will be covered in creeping plants emerging from the punctured roof and spread on the tiled roof in the near future. 


When the roof will be fully vegetated, the building will virtually disappear. One feels a psychological transformation in one’s inner space as soon as one experiences chirping birds and the smell of the flowers in this space.


Natural Bio Fencing

Cottages were carefully designed as if planted among the existing mango trees. The front yard is having a mango tree defined with the natural bio fences constructed of shrubbery acts as a transition space between the more private cottage bedroom and the open farm area. 

Also Read: The Overhanging Transversely Folded Roof Underscores the Resort Spa Residence in the Czech Republic | CMC Architects


Inbuilt sit out at foyer along with twisted sandstone column below roof adds drama into the welcoming gesture. This space is creating a refuge for contemplation. It also allows guests for an intimate interface with the outdoors where you actually wouldn’t need a book. 


Building form allows one to instinctively experience the psychological assurance of security on the one hand and the exhilaration of exposure and proximity to nature on the other. Once the guest is in the cottage, he is cozy and protected. He has everything he needs, as in a womb. 


The bathroom has a dry and wet area separated with a small buffer space with stained colored glass panel on one side and a waste glass bottle wall on the other side.

Farmstay-Resort-Aaranya-d6thD-Gujarat-Surfaces-ReporterVivid colored daylight appears in the bathroom through that buffer, filling up the space with joy and excitement. The Natural skylight from the dome above lit the shower space, making the bathing experience more refreshing.


Optimization of Vernacular Construction Techniques

The old construction techniques using rubble stone packed foundation, load-bearing exposed natural sandstone walls, the brick dome with china mosaic on top and clay tiled roof are not only cost-effective and time tested but architect’s methodology to create a job for local villagers as a beginning step of social sustainability and shared happiness.  


Every effort has been made to ensure that the cottages remain true to their context and testifies to the norms of vernacular architecture. 

Also Read: Abracadabra: Witness The Magic of Terracotta Bricks


There is an element of vulnerability certainly during an evening spent on local wooden charpai (bedstead) under the stars, listening to the wind rustling in the mango trees and the distant call of a roaring lion but more than that, it brings a humbling awareness of one’s place in the world and harmony with the Earth. This can happen only when we are able to connect our roots to Mother Nature.

Take a Virtual Tour to Aaranya

Project Details

Project Name: Aaranya
Architect: Himanshu Patel
Design Firm: d6thD design studio, Ahmedabad
Location: Bhojde village, Gir lion sanctuary, Gujarat, India 
Client: Nishant, Dhanaji
Construction team: Jagdish, Mansukh, Jitu, Ramnik, Nanji, Nitin
Photographs: Inclined Studio
Completion: January 2019

More Images


Keep reading SURFACES REPORTER for more such articles and stories.

Join us in SOCIAL MEDIA to stay updated


You may also like to read about:

200 MM Local Stone Cladding in the Building of Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa | Yh2 Architects | Edifice Consultants

Marari Pearl Resort Allepey, Kerala

And more…


Post Your Comment

"Content that powers your Business. News that keeps you informed."

Surfaces Reporter is one of India's leading media in Print & Digital Telecast for News on Interiors & Architecture Projects, Products, Building Materials, and the Business of Design! Since 2011, it serves as a referral for designers & architects to know about inspiring projects and source new products. If you have a Product or Project worth publishing in Surfaces Reporter, please email us or you can also submit your project online.

Like Surfaces Reporter on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram | Subscribe to our magazine | Sign Up for the FREE Surfaces Reporter Magazine Newsletter

A Modern Gujarat Home That Celebrates Traditional Indian Architecture Through Geometry | Dice Studio | DOT House

Geometric curves, vibrant colours, tasteful forms and shapes, as well as balanced artificial lighting are the main focal points of this Gujarat home conceived by Ar Sagar Pankhaniya and ID Hardik Ganda of Dice Studio.

Read more

European-Style Terracotta Tiled Roofs And Bicycle-Inspired Light Installations Adorn MM Cafe | Mumbai | Kumpal Vaid | Purple Backyard

The designer took cues from the bicycle cafes of Europe to create a pleasing ambiance for cycling and coffee lovers.

Read more

d6thD design studio Integrates Vernacular Architecture To Build Triangular Cottages Amongst Old Mango Trees | Gujarat | Eco Resort

The architect has incorporated vernacular building techniques like rubble stone-packed foundation, load-bearing walls, arches, dome and pitched roofs to create these impressive, sustainable, and welcoming cottages.

Read more

This Sustainable House in Paraguay Blends Contemporary Lifestyle With The Vernacular Construction Techniques | Equipo de Arquitectura

Conceptualized and designed by Asunción-based firm Equipo de Arquitectura on a compact size of 190 sqm plot in Paraguay, this home features a perforated brick facade, protruding roof canopy, flexible partitions, and vernacular construction techniques.

Read more

This is alt