UNDER THE TREES
Situated in the outskirts of Vadodra, set amidst vast farmlands and large trees, measuring about 6500 sq. yards; the site is accessible from both the north-west and south-east. Its main entrance comes from the river and the other from the village. The undulated landscape of the site is formed due to the flow of water over the years through the site.
The brief of the project was to develop the site into a space that facilitates engagement with farming and activates outdoor activities amidst nature along with a minimal house for a single user or a couple, who’d stay here away from the growing city, and practice organic farming on a small scale. The place also anticipates an occasional social gathering in the outdoors. The challenge was to address the above requirements with a minimal impact on the natural processes on site.
Addressing the brief, the major considerations are taken were:
1. The house is minimally scaled and is elevated from the ground to leave the water flow undisturbed.
2. Percolation pits and bamboo plantations are strategically positioned, to collect water and prevent further surface runoff.
3. The construction and finishes of the built, pathways and landscape elements employed materials with low embodied energy.
4. This project employs skilled artisans along with local villagers generating employment for the villagers by skill transfer on-site through the building practices and landscaping.
5. The processes appreciate sustainable building and strengthen social relations.