Architect: Pino Marchese & Sheril Castelino
Construction: Giorgio Luciani
Area: 125 sqm + facade makeover
Cost: Rs.15 lacs
As one approaches the house two large walls offset and split open in the centre to provide the 'gateway' that spills onto the expanse of a grand & minutely cured garden on the inside.
At the entrance there are podiums of dry landscaping with pebbles & boulders that direct to the main door. Upon entering the living cum dining space one experiences the T-shape of the house that opens out to a dry desert type landscaped swimming pool area on one side and lush tropical gardenscape with the pond on the other.
The service area is accessed from the kitchen. Generously lit by big polycarbonate skylights, each of the spaces has beautiful diffused light thus explaining the small wall fenestrations in the form of slits in one area and grid of small square openings in the other. Here again solar photovoltaics are used to meet the hot water demand of the whole house.
The house is painted in two tropical shades of orange that highlight the different volumes of the house. Dry zen gardens fill in the voids creating the transition between the green landscape and the house.