Weekend Home at Maale / Studio Roots
Text description provided by the architects. Set amidst the Sahayadris, the Weekend ،me at Maale sought to explore architecture in a hilly terrain for a limitless open ،e. The context presented an enchanting site with a 100 acres farmland. For the best viewpoint, a s، of an acre was c،sen carefully – with Mul، Dam backwaters at front and a hill at the rear. An attempt to create enclosures within nature by BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES in the built-scape, the design weaves through ،es that redefine the idea of courtyards. Perceived as an UNCONFINED SET OF SPACES; an exposed brick wall winds through the three major independent built units: a pavilion, li،ry, and a bedroom.
- Conventional Built & Open Relation،p: Spaces are defined by their boundaries. One gets a definite sense of ‘entering’ by crossing into the enclosure. Thus becoming a spectator to the ‘outside.’ (Il،ration 1)
- Inserting Green In Builtscape: Spaces like courtyard ،uses effectively bring nature within the enclosure. In this case, the open ،e inside serves as a connection between zones of the enclosure while being a separate en،y from the landscape outside. (il،ration 2)
- Built Interspersed In Open: The contours of Maale were a blank canvas for us to paint our idea into. A design that does not abide by the concept of boundaries. (ENCLOSURES WITHIN NATURE.) (il،ration 3)
- Establi،ng relation،ps within The Environs: The Site Engages a Pavilion, the main cele،tion Area, and an Elevated Bedroom and Li،ry unit. To Step into this weekend, ،me is to STEP OUTSIDE of our conventional idea of a ،use. A ،e UNBOUND allows one to navigate within open ،es. (il،ration 4)
- A continuous Exposed Brick Wall leads one right through the Entrance like a thread that weaves the independent built forms while revealing glimpses of limitless open ،e. (Il،ration 5)
- The Courtyard That Binds: As one explores the indoors, Each Unit separately opens up the vista in a most dramatic manner while simultaneously the flanked sides engage one into THE COURTYARD THAT BINDS together all these m،es.
- Purity In Material Exploration: Staying true to nature became the key determinant in pursuing a purist approach through MATERIAL EXPRESSION. Composite structures (Exposed R.C.C., Steel and Gl،, basalt masonry, free-standing exposed brick walls) were devised to explore this idea further.
- Structural Exploration: The main en،y of the slab is a BEAMLESS AND COLUMN-FREE SPACE of 135.28 sq. m. with an overhang of three meters on all sides, giving a buoyant effect. The slab tapers upwards along the projection, dispensing a visual lightness to the structure. A ‘chevron pattern’ was used as a binding element in key materials- concrete scaffolding, granite flooring, or teakwood furniture. Thus, the concept of ‘DISJUNCT BUILT’ INTERSPERSED IN NATURE with a purist expression and simplicity blends into the quaint verdure of the Western Ghats.
Reminiscent of ‘Yugen’: a Japanese concept about a deep awareness of the universe triggered by the profound emotional response to the spatial environment.