Spasm Design uses local Kotah stone to clad Indian house
This house in Malavli, India features local Kotah stone walls and a glazed underground courtyard (+ slideshow).
Called Gomati, the house is located between Mumbai and Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
It was designed by Mumbai studio Spasm Design, who previously created another house in the area using concrete mixed with local basalt stone.
An existing 20-year-old bungalow that was structurally compromised has been removed to make way for the new property, providing owners with a weekend home that includes staff rooms.
The rubble from the demolished building was used to form a mound from which the house emerges.
The main living areas are located in a pavilion-shaped upper floor that perches atop the sloping garden to ensure it enjoys the best views of the mature trees on the site.
The lower level houses the bedrooms, which are kept cool by the surrounding earth and protected from the tropical downpours common in this part of the country.
Two large courtyard gardens punctuate the plan and connect the two levels vertically, enhancing the feeling of contact with nature, changing air, light and weather.
“The spatial construction makes the occupancy of this house out of the elements,” Spasm Design told Dezeen. “The changes in light intensity are palpable, as is the mood of the rain, whether gentle or violent.”
The upper pavilion accommodates living and dining areas flanked on one side by full-height glazing overlooking the garden.
A large terrace on this level contains an outdoor dining area and leads to a swimming pool which extends towards the trees at the bottom of the garden. The walls of the pool appear to protrude from the ground, which tilts at its end.
The building is almost exclusively clad in local Kotah stone, which is commonly available in this region.
It can be used in many forms, from solid blocks to slabs that can be roughly cut or polished using water jets.
“The naturalness, the monolithic quality, the cost, the availability in different formats and the wear resistance of the stone have led to its choice as the best defense against the severe humidity and the fierce rains which affect this region”, said the architects.
The gray-blue stone forms the striped surface of the terrace and is also used for the floors and walls of the interior of the property.
Some rooms feature glossy polished surfaces, while in others the stone is left raw to add a textural detail.
Large slabs reinforce the monolithic appearance of the walls, which protrude from the earth to enclose the swimming pool and the lower level of the house.
This underground level contains several bedrooms and a kitchen arranged around a courtyard which connects two gardens at each end.
In the center of the courtyard is a lounge area bordered on two sides by sliding glass partitions overlooking the gardens.
The photography is by Sebastian Zachariah, Ira Gosalia and the architect.
Architect: Spasme Architecture
Project architects: Sagar Mehta and Divyesh Kargathra
General contractor: Delux Construction Corporation
Structural engineer: GMR Consultants
Landscaping: Professional landscaping
Electrical engineers: G Mody And Sons
Pool agency: Samunder Pool Equipments