SECLUDE RED CEDAR COTTAGE
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The Seclude Red Cedar Cottage is a project that engages with the surroundings by addressing the rural context and availability of resources. The design plugs into the concept of green buildings through its integration with the existing landscape and minimizing its impact on the environment.The project is an example of exploring beyond the contemporary understanding of green buildings which is currently limited to use of technology dictated by standards and certifications. The design intervention had to blend with the landscape and create a place where one could experience the surrounding plains and the distant mountains. Moreover, the isolation and inaccessibility of the area compelled the use of locally available resources resulting in the utilization of the site and its surroundings to their complete potential. The design needed to be outward looking, bringing the landscape in. One can view the changing weather and absorb it in this serene space and environment.
With an accommodation of one room, the cottage is located in a secluded area amidst the hillocks of Palampur. The design of the structure was devised so as to blend in with the context. With the change in weather, the view from the site changes dramatically, and for this purpose the design required to be more outward looking, allowing one to experience the surrounding plains and the distant mountains in its entirety.
The presence of an existing tree on site gave this cottage the name Red Cedar, and the design a guiding principle of incorporating the tree within, envisioning it to grow and become a part of the built environment. Moreover, elements like the glass skylight allows the intangible realm, the sky, to contribute to the space and provide a calm environment.