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Tara House / Studio Mumbai

  • 01:00 - 3 June, 2010
Tara House / Studio Mumbai
Tara House / Studio Mumbai, © Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

© Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Studio Mumbai +13

From the architect. Surrounded by mountains, forests, and the waters of the Arabian Sea, the house is configured around a tropical garden filled with Plumeria, ferns, grasses, bamboo and jasmine. Under the wood framed roof, rooms are loosely arranged around the garden, weaving routes between them through louvred hallways and verandahs. Vertical wooden slats form a protective enclosure, obscuring and revealing views of the surrounding landscape. Sunlight filters through these screens, creating patters of light and shadow on the inner surfaces of the building, made up of stone, wood, and burnished plaster.

© Studio Mumbai
© Studio Mumbai

Beneath the courtyard lies a secret room filled with water from a subterranean aquifer. Light diminishes as one descends the stairs through a stone corridor, intensifying a sense of passage into the earth. The pool has a comforting silence, as water enters the building without ripples or sound. The subterranean room is a refuge from the hot Indian sun, piercing the ground through circular air holes casting shafts of light across the stone walls into water. Inside the stone-lined cavity, ocean sounds reverberate from above and water fluctuates freely, responsive to the seasons and tides. When it rains, water from the roof of the house percolates into the well, recharging the aquifer. The artesian well provides water for the house and gardens through the year.

© Studio Mumbai
© Studio Mumbai
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SenTa · December 01, 2010

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David Hayhoe · July 19, 2010 WOW!!!!!!! I want this house SO MUCH!!!!!

LooLoo · June 26, 2010

This is so nice. I love everything about it - so inspiring.

The Big Black &amp; White Zebr · June 08, 2010

Congrats all round... Studio Mumbai, Graham, Howard and Ben
Good posts...

Ricardo S. · June 05, 2010

Im' amazed. Studio Mumbai really understands what this is all about. My sincerest congratulations.

Nicholas Patten · June 05, 2010

Tara House.

shetu · June 05, 2010

Its a great project, no doubt. Great going Studio Mumbai.

xirclebox · June 04, 2010

this house is fly --> Tara House / Studio Mumbai /cc @feedly

Graham McKay · June 04, 2010

Nice enough, I guess. The text says all the right things "Surrounded by mountains, forests, and the waters of the Arabian Sea, the house is configured around a tropical garden filled with Plumeria, ferns, grasses, bamboo and jasmine." What's not to like? Sorry to ask this difficult question, but shouldn't we just admit that "architecture" is only for rich people with a nice bit of land? Does "architecture" have anything at all to offer poor people? Since many of the visitors to this site seem to be students, I think they should be honest with themselves and admit that all they really want to do is build houses for rich people and be paid a lot of money for it. If they think that's architecture, then good luck to them.

Howard G · June 06, 2010 06:33 PM

Graham you TOTALLY miss the point.

This house as are all Studio Mumbai's projects are NOT about money! It is about far more,yet paradoxically far less. It's about integrity, culture, belonging, creation, holistic ideals, superb relevant construction, the crew who created this and above all the value of true Indian architecture. If you understood anything about Bijoy's crew and their relationship you would post very differently.

Until you know the price, and I have a pretty good idea of it, and context then you would be best to learn more about why this such an extraordinarily beautiful, valuable practice.

Jorge C, · June 05, 2010 01:02 AM

So you're married to your lovely wife and you don't like to look at Megan Fox (choose you own).....Hmm! But you will still be married to her if you look at ........
There is nothing wrong in recognizing beauty when you see it. It has nothing to do with being made for the rich.

Kit · June 05, 2010 12:36 AM

That's an incredibly negative view Graham. Yes, people with money can buy nice sites, but if you take some time to peruse this blog, you'll find many examples of beautiful non-profit work and even low-budget projects. There are different solutions to different budgets, sites, situations and uses, but if thought and care are taken it's always architecture.

Priscilla · June 04, 2010

Beautiful use of materials! Nice work!

Efusha · June 04, 2010

i relly like it it's nice work!

amonle · June 04, 2010

Aren't these guys just great!

alex · June 04, 2010

this is a great project. anyone have an idea on how that section was created? is that just graphite on mylar?

alex · June 04, 2010 05:57 PM

thanks for the replies. agreed, the greatness of this project goes beyond the graphic representations of it.. I was just curious as it looks like some sort of hybrid computer/analog drawing.

Alejandra · June 04, 2010 04:08 PM

I agree with the previous reply that the section was done with a combination of Cad & Photoshop. However I also believe hand rendering was involved to produce the graphite effect of the ground cut-through & certain areas, such as the stairs. In addition the plantings appear to be photographic imnages adjusted in scale & inserted into the drawing.

Ziqquratz · June 04, 2010 04:03 PM

It seems section created with more than one software.. CAD output of Elevation / Section, and edited with photoshop.
The idea is important than the software most of the time...

Jorge C. · June 04, 2010

Stunning! From the choice of materials to the design. The second project i see from Studio Mumbai and both are Perfect.

lekesh · June 05, 2010 01:29 PM

Great work..Sensitive..Grt inspiration from of Carlo scarpa/Bawa/Barragan/zumthor..Whatever..this is original work..Very sensitive to location,tradition...Keep the good work..Studio mumbai

KentaSendai · June 04, 2010

It's so cool! I wanna be there.

Joshua Choo · June 04, 2010

I want a house like Tara House / Studio Mumbai via ArchDaily

madlib · June 04, 2010

Another really beautiful project from Studio Mumbai. Its great to see real quality and thoughtful detail is finally emerging from modern Indian work

Ben L · June 04, 2010

Probably the finest courtyard house I have ever seen.

Another great project from SMA, but I know there is more where these came from.

The Big Black &amp; White Zebr · June 04, 2010

Suggestion was that the Indian house... was the best that the sub-continent could achieve... I am glad to say I could not believe this and Studio Mumbai proves conclusively otherwise
Invention and place making of the highest calibre, quality of materials and build first class. This and are truly magical spaces that tap into India's ethereal and mysterious beliefs and traditions. These two examples do not just sit on their locations they grow from the depths of the Indian soil... magical

Y · June 04, 2010

good to see projects from my fav architect.. :)

b · June 04, 2010

wow. beautiful.

K · June 04, 2010

Simple AWSOME!
Perfect balance between the materials and the manner in which they have been photographed.

Pedro Kok · June 04, 2010

Lovely images from Hélène Binet.


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