villa aaranyak

a weekend retreat @ rajkot

A weekend retreat on the edge of a dry riverbed that is meant for relaxation and rejuvenation for the family. For this family relaxation is to be with nature and this is the point that is guiding whole building. Conceptually the building is a shelter that is open to nature around and itself made with materials in their natural state.

The main floor is conceived as a single large space functioning as living, dinning, kitchen and bedroom space; without any partitions in-between. The upper floor which is accessed through an outside spiral stair has one bedroom space and two levels of terraces that can be used for multiple purposes from watching sunset to having a party.

The effort was to explore each material from concrete frame with exposed columns, stone walls, terrazzo flooring, teak wood louvers to bamboo flooring in garden – in a way that every element has its own importance and yet it is in order of the wholistic idea of the building.

“ to create a wholistic experience of living side by side with nature by completely opening one side of building towards riverbed and by implementing materials and techniques in their natural behavior ”

plot area: 400 sq.yards     carpet area: 1500 sq.feet

photographs: Henish Patel