A UNIQUE GREEN COVER

India Today - - EXPERT SPEAK -

The form of the house is de­rived from a sur­real com­po­si­tion of es­sen­tial ar­chi­tec­tural de­vices—a green roof and a tem­ple. The green roof was de­signed as part of the el­e­va­tion where the fo­cus stays on na­ture, later grow­ing over and hang­ing along the el­e­va­tion fa­cades of the en­tire house. The can­tilevered glass roof ex­tends the ge­om­e­try of the roof, al­most reach­ing out to touch the tem­ple. Orig­i­nally, the tem­ple was hid­den in­side a typ­i­cal In­dian court­yard. We made the tem­ple form vis­i­ble, cel­e­brat­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween man, god and na­ture for even a passerby to view, thus chang­ing the en­er­gies of the house and re­turn­ing the court­yard to na­ture. The tem­ple ref­er­ences age-old fa­mil­iar forms—whether an egg or a lingam and is clad in mosaic tiles rep­re­sent­ing a gal­axy. Since the struc­ture was on a farm­land we were not al­lowed to create a con­crete roof, so we went for a mod­u­lar, pitched, sus­tain­able alu­minium roof to dis­si­pate heat and as­sist lo­cal ecol­ogy. For the tem­ple struc­ture, get­ting the tem­ple form pro­por­tions to per­fec­tion re­quired ex­treme at­ten­tion when cast­ing the con­crete form­work, not to men­tion map­ping mosaic tiles to a 3D curved sur­face.

Project Sunoo, Manor (Palghar), Ma­ha­rash­tra Area

2,500 sq ft Con­cept Green Home

SAKET SETHI, 46 Founder and De­sign Prin­ci­pal Archi­log­ics De­sign, Mum­bai www.archi­log­ics.com

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