South-Indian Countryside Retreat by Mancini

South-Indian Countryside Retreat by Mancini

Location: India
Year: 2009
Photo courtesy: Mancini
Description:

A 4000sqm compound has been turned into an interior world consisting of 3 houses, pool with pavilion, small forest, rock – tropical – and suspended gardens, sunken garden around a deep well, outdoor bathrooms, savanna and water-tank all of it assembled to provide views on the nearby holy mountain and yet creating privacy in its different indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Sloping roof-gardens provide natural connectivity from the living quarters on the first floors down to the common spaces on the ground-floor and the visitor discovers a new space or a new vista around every corner.

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The buildings draw on traditional construction technique combined with large Roof-overhangs and high thermal mass thus ensuring cool interiors in the very hot climate of the south Indian countryside.

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All architectural and interior elements are custom designed and manufactured by local craftsmen whereas the infrastructural elements rely on technology to ensure environmental sustainability.

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