Responding to the context of Coonoor, a dramatic roof form articulates a conceptual residence into piece of art nestled the beautiful hillside landscape.
A vacation house for a family of four was to be created at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, which lies in the blue mountains of Nilgiris covered with lush green estates of tea and coffee, fruit orchards and botanical gardens with a pleasant temperature throughout the year.
The design response was aimed at harnessing the maximum advantage of the climate and the site of 3,000 sq ft. located at an altitude of 1800 m.
The roof was envisioned as a skin covering the length of the house (which steps down in section) and opens to the low winter sun on the south side and views of the valley on the east. The form of this pre-tensioned roof, inspired by the weave of a basket, emerges from the ground on the other two sides creating a cocooned experience.
As the design evolved, the roof was split in two to draw in light to the darker pockets of the house, thereby opening a venue for relationships in scale and shape between the smaller and larger roof to be explored.
The inner spatial arena was partitioned by restricting the wall height to 7 feet with glass being extensively used.
The entire process of ideation and conceptualization culminated in the evolution of a piece of art nestled the beautiful hillside landscape Coonoor.