Mare Weekend Home / Studio Roots
Textual description provided by the architect. Set in the Sahyadris Mountains, Mare’s weekend home is an architectural exploration of endless open spaces in the hills. The context showed an attractive location with 100 acres of farmland. A one-acre site was carefully chosen with the backwaters of the Mulshi dam in front and the hills behind to get the best vantage point. An attempt to create an enclosure within nature by blurring the boundaries of the built landscape, the design weaves spaces that redefine the concept of a courtyard. It is perceived as an open-ended series of spaces. Exposed brick walls run through his three main independent architectural units: the pavilion, the library, and the bedrooms.
- Traditional structured open relationships: Spaces are defined by their boundaries. When you enter the enclosure, you get a distinct sense of “entering.” In this way, they become spectators to the “outside.” (Illustration 1)
- Inserting greenery into the architectural landscape: Spaces like courtyard houses effectively incorporate nature within an enclosure. In this case, the inner open space has an independent existence from the outer landscape and at the same time acts as a connection between the zones of the enclosure. (Illustration 2)
- Construction interspersed with the open: The contours of Maare were a blank canvas for us to paint our ideas on. A design that is not bound by the concept of boundaries. (Enclosure in nature.) (Figure 3)
- Establishing relationships within the Environs: The site includes a pavilion, a main celebration area, an elevated sleeping area and a library. Stepping into your home this weekend means stepping outside of our traditional notions of home. UNBOUND space allows you to move through open space. (Figure 4)
- A continuous exposed brick wall leads the entrance straight through, offering a glimpse of endless open space, like a thread that weaves the freestanding built form. (Illustration 5)
- A connecting courtyard: As you explore the interior, each unit opens up the landscape individually in the most dramatic way, while at the same time the lateral sides join the courtyard that unites all these collectives.
- Purity in material exploration: Remaining true to nature was a key deciding factor in pursuing a purist approach through material expression. To further explore this idea, a composite structure (exposed RCC, steel and glass, basalt stone masonry, free-standing exposed brick walls) was devised.
- Structural Exploration: The main entity of the slab is 135.28 square meters of beam-free and column-free space. It has a 3 meter overhang on all sides, creating a buoyancy effect. The slabs taper upwards along the projections, giving the structure visual brightness. A “chevron pattern” was used as a connecting element for key materials such as concrete scaffolding, granite flooring, and teak furniture. In this way, the concept of pure expression and simplicity of “detached buildings” interspersed with nature blends into the quaint verdure of the Western Ghats.
It reminds me of “yūgen”. It is a Japanese concept about a deep awareness of the universe caused by a deep emotional response to the spatial environment.