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House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

© Rajesh Vora© Rajesh Vora© Rahul Mehrotra© Rajesh Vora+ 20

Coonoor, India
  • Architects: RMA Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8000 ft² Area:  8000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008 Year:  2008
  • Photographs photographs:  Rahul Mehrotra, Rajesh VoraPhotographs:  Rahul Mehrotra, Rajesh Vora, Courtesy of RMA Architects
© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

Set in a tea plantation, the house was designed to minimize the impact of its footprint on the landscape. Therefore, very careful planning was needed to assure that the house would not disturb the tea plantation.

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

Several inexpensive mock-ups were used to determine the optimum location both from the perspective of minimizing impact as well as framing potential views. Thus the driveway was also mocked-up and studied on site to avoid interrupting the natural ecology of the watershed, where it is important that water does not collect at the base of the tea bush.

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

The house is covered in a cantilevered metal roof that floats above the verandah and reflects the tea garden below. A form-finished concrete tube forms the central circulation spine for the house, with interior spaces finished in richly textured natural wood.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The three main rooms are made to look like three separate cabins underneath the single roof and were therefore treated as boxes within an open plan and built from wood which contrasts the concrete and stone slab and metal canopy of the other primary components. The rich interior finishes and fixtures were designed by Niels Schoenfelder.

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Cite: "House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects" 02 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/367017/house-in-a-tea-garden-rma-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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