There is no doubt that we humans feel more healthier and grounded when we live amidst nature, with access to cleaner air and liberty of being outdoors. The palpable rise in uneasiness and nervousness that people have felt in the last year is a testament to this fact. To escape the city's urban jungle and reconnect with nature, the owner of this 5000 sq ft weekend home approached architect Ashish Kesurvala, founding Principal of Ahmadabad-based SAK Designs, to conceptualise and design a minimal holiday home that inhabits not just individuals but also various flora and fauna. After understanding the needs of the client, the design team has created a relaxing sanctuary on the outskirts of Pune with the use of natural materials like stone, bamboo, and unevenly plastered walls. Scroll down to know more about the project shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) by the architect:
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"From cityscapes to farmlands, a drive with varying skylines is a journey in itself as one reaches the house; home to our client who preferred raw and rustic experience over a luxury stay.
The owner has his farm surrounded by this house and their parents enjoy the simplicity of this place," said the architect.
The Building Blends Seamlessly With Its Surroundings
At a very first glance, it becomes evident that the built structure does not interfere with the natural landscape instead it beautifully blends into the natural beauty around it. The architect ensured that no trees were demolished during the construction. The retreat is designed around or by them.
The design team tried to play with levels in and around the house, creating artificial contours within the landscape, the pool that sits on a level much lower than the house, the cantilevered deck, the floating balconies, and a manmade lake.
Minimalist Facade and An Open Courtyard
The façade reflects minimalism, while the scale and details of the built-form resonate optimism as one walks down the unpaved contours of the house. Opening the west-facing blue wooden door, one feels welcomed by a low-height foyer embraced by an open courtyard.
Surrounded by lush greens, bamboo screens, and white textured walls, the courtyard houses the water body, landscape with varied plant species and a floating concrete staircase that leads to the terrace.
This further divides private and semi-private areas, which connects to a series of sitting spaces, an open kitchen, dining, and bedrooms with built-in furniture.
A few steps down, and one is amazed to see the beautiful view of the lake with a calm pool and local landscape allowing the house to sit quietly within its context.
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Living Area Overlooking the Farm and Pool
A dense green belt alongside the living room extends itself to the dining area.
This creates harmony within the space making it an experiential part of indoors. The furniture adds a contemporary touch to this earthy space. The design team incorporated simple furniture and decor items to ensure the comfort of the dwellers.
The living room then connects to the deck overlooking the farm and pool and a manmade lake with greens till horizon has a matchless impact.
It also has a built-in barbeque area on the adjacent side. Sliding glass doors offer seamless flow from the terrace to the living space and vice-versa.
The design team maintained a minimalist theme in the interiors as well. The furniture in the bedrooms is absolutely minimal.
The bed itself is a platform in brick plaster base with a mattress on top. the bedrooms comprise little balconies that offer stunning views of the lush greenery outside.
“How we see it, this house sets an example of a polite conversation between nature, the architecture and users. This particular project for us has been not just architecture but an approach in designing experiences or merging nature or natural living. When we want to run away from the city, we want to run away from the feel of it mostly and what better escape can it be than this, he concluded.
Location: Pune, India
Architecture Firm: SAK Designs
Principal Architect: Ashish Kesurvala
Area: 6700 ft²
Photographs: Ishita Sitwala | The Fishy Project
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