A UNIQUE GREEN COVER
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