Set amidst the Sahayadris, with a view of the Mulshi Dam backwaters, the Weekend home at Maale presented an enchanting site of one acre for exploring architecture within a limitless open space.
An attempt to create enclosures within nature by BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES in the built-scape, the design weaves through spaces 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, library, and a bedroom.
Staying true to nature became the key determinant in pursuing a purist approach through MATERIAL EXPRESSION. Composite structures (Exposed R.C.C., Steel and Glass) were devised to explore this idea further.
The main entity 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. A ‘chevron pattern’ was used as a binding element in key materials- be it concrete scaffolding, granite flooring or teakwood furniture.
The above ideologies set the parameters for designing a built mass interspersed in nature that blends into the quaint verdure of Maale.
Reminiscent of ‘Yugen’: a Japanese concept about a deep awareness of the universe triggered by the profound emotional response to the spatial environment.