Architects: SPASM Design Architects
Location: Khadakvasla, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Design team: Sangeeta Merchant, Mangesh Jadhav, Mansoor Kudalkar, Sanjeev Panjabi
Contractors: Impex Engineers, Suvidha Enterprises
Engineers: Mr. Purandare (structural), Mr. Kudale (plumbing), Mr. Adi Dhanboora (project management)
Project area: 820 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah
Located in Khadakvasla, near Pune: on the leeward side of the Western Ghats…
In the vast openness of the surroundings, it made sense to trap a mysterious forest of dense green by stringing the rooms around it, as a Shangri-La against the infinite. This courtyard allows for a private dip in the thicket of the lush vegetation.
The verandah, with its timber lattice, sets a backdrop that negotiates between the enclosures and the central courtyard. This transitional space op dappled shade promotes a lifestyle in close connection with the outdoors.
The living room, a counterpoint in the house, is a tall glass box which will throb with the flickering of the fireplace on cold evenings and will frame the changing hues of the sky as the sun sets.