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Utsav House / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Maharashtra, India
  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Roy Katz, Jeevaram Suthar, Pandurang Malekar, Mangesh Mhatre
  • Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
  • Photographs:  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai

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From the architect. On a barren plateau, a house is set low into the ground, protected by four black basalt walls that enclose a shaded courtyard, within which pools, pavilions and garden provide shelter for living. Utsav house is a single family home in Satirje, Alibag a short boat ride from Mumbai.

©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai
©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai

The spaces are arranged along the periphery walls that define and support the structures of the house. Different heights are created to suit the functions and dimensions of the interiors.

©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai
©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai

 Concrete slabs, basalt stone walls and wood for framing are used to construct the buildings, while walls and floor are stained in pigmented cement plaster to mimic the dry grasses of the summer, setting the buildings into the landscape.

©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai
©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai

The living spaces open to the southwesterly breeze, and are protected from the sun and rain by a large roof. At the centre of the courtyard, a long narrow pool similar to the local irrigation tanks, serves to catch rainwater that overflows into the garden. 

©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai
©  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai

The different levels within the house offer unobstructed views of the horizon and encircling hills, while inward views provide intimacy and refuge.

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