BUILT UP AREA:
This project provided an opportunity to reinterpret prototypes for building in the hills. There has been drastic construction in Uttarakhand due to an increasing investment in the building industry largely by interests outside the state driving the economy, resulting in pressure on the environmental resources. At the same time the combination of seismic building codes and predominance of framed construction has lead to the rapid disappearance of time tested building techniques. We responded to the challenge by creating a footprint that would be the least intrusive to the surroundings, reinterpreting the form and material of traditional buildings of the region and and combining it with contemporary technology and sensibility.
The site is a long and narrow expanse on an extremely steep slope with a 60 degree gradient. It overlooks stunning views of the Ramgarh valley and gives a heightened sense of elevation. It is located away from the main town center and therefore offered an undisturbed setting. The site is north facing and its slope fell in shadow area drastically reducing access to direct southern sun. It has many trees, amongst them flowering plum, apple and peach trees, which transformed the site dramatically through the seasons.