Independent Villa with Architectural Design, Sustainability Engineering – strategies for water, waste, energy
The project was meant to be a Private Residence for the owners at the farm. It needed two bedrooms with ensuite washrooms, living room, kitchen, and dining.
The client is a large IT business company based in South India. They have a 150 acres organic farm a few km from Pondicherry. The farm produces over a dozen varieties of pulses and grains. They have been conducting high quality research in organic farming methods and wish to now disseminate their learnings among other farmers in the community. The founders of the company like to spend their weekends on the farm.
The owners wanted a home which would be a fusion of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. It needed to incorporate cultural elements such a thinnai (built-in bench outside Tamil homes) and courtyard, while having all the modern facilities.
After studying several traditional Tamil homes, we came up with the idea “where the roof becomes the wall”. The owner loved it!
We developed it further to integrate a central courtyard that would separate the public from the private spaces. All climate-responsive features such as north-south orientation, shielding the west and south Sun with Jalis and pergolas respectively were incorporated. An indoor garden was added to bring the outdoors within.
The attic houses a cozy bedroom under the pitched roof.
A cantilevered terrace projects from the first floor towards the farm.
The use of natural materials roots the Farm House in its context.