Location : Maale, Mulshi

Plot Area : 4266 SQ. M.

Built Up Area : 400 SQ. M.

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.
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.’

Spaces like courtyard houses are an effective intervention for bringing NATURE WITHIN ENCLOSURE. In this case, the open space inside serves as a connection between zones of the enclosure, while being a SEPERATE ENTITY from the landscape outside. BUILT INTERSPERSED IN OPEN  The contours of Maale were a blank canvas for us to paint our idea into. A design that RENOUNCES the concept of BOUNDARIES, with ENCLOSURES WITHIN THE NATURE.