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Palmyra house
Nandgaon, India
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Crafted by modern and local building techniques.

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Category:
housing
Phase:
in use
Design:
Mumbai studio
Updated:
17 February 2012
introduction

Designed as a vacation house, the two volumes of the house are tucked in a coconut plantation overlooking the beach. The local zoning restricted the construction of 'perminant' buildings on the property because of the close proximity to the beach. Studio Mumbai found a way around the rule by making an open cage-like wood frame and lattice structure set upon a dry-stacked stone foundation. The house is split into two halves, both halves contain a bedroom and bathroom, while one part contains a kitchen and diningroom, and the other contains a livingroom and reading room.

The coastal temperate climate allows the houses functions to blend perfectly with the outdoors traverssing across the open courtyard seperating the two halves. The louvers that make up the houses cladding are perminately fixed open, which allows the constant sea breaze to keep the air fresh inside. The sound of the ocean and the rusteling palm leaves filters throughout the house.

cultural and social context

A 45 minute boat and 45 minute car ride south from Mumbai. This area is mostly rural with the locals living off of either fishing or harvesting coconuts. The surrounding costline does have a fair amount of vacation homes and rental properties for the cities busnisess class. This site in particular is situated on an existing and still functioning coconut plantation.

materials and building techniques

Ain wood frame (local hardwood):

  • All wood construction employs traditional joining techniques, tounge and grove joints, ship-lapped boards...
    Palmyra louvers (local)
  • Teak window frames, doors, and finishing
  • Copper sheet metal roof and flashing
  • Basalt dry-stacked stone foundation (local to the area)
earth and climate

Temperate coastal climate. Steady breeze throughout the year.

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watering the coconut trees with the existing aqueduct.

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from the beach.

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view facade from the beach side.

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view facade from the Inland side.

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view from interior towards the beach.

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interior view.

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interior view.

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