Mountain Dust House / Mahesh Naik
Mountain Dust House / Mahesh Naik
Concept – The idea was to stitch the house ( the Man ) with the three attributes- the huge towering mountain, the sun rising, and the moon. This led to a sacred knot – a Triskelion geometry for the house. This geometrical system gives the house more surface area, giving a maximum 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain. The program’s requirement, together with this unique triskelion geometrical system in response to the site context and the climatic condition with the minimal natural material palette, generated the Form of the house from within. The external appearance of the house is the natural result of the process. Thus, the house Form expresses a highly specific relationship to the site and the client’s program.
Project description – The dwelling serves as a country home for Mr. Alreja and his family, who primarily live in Mumbai. The 20-acre site is situated at the foothill of Matheran Hills. The site drops 110 feet from the top of the drive to the water edge. This countryside farmhouse consists of a six- -bedded house, surrounded by a common retro, glamping area, swimming pool, service block, staff quarters, water reservoir, a large meadow, sacred groove, and wild, untouched woods on the clift till the river edge. At the heart of the house is an ample light-filled triangular atrium, around which the whole house revolves; other spaces extend outward in three directions towards nature, forming a sacred triskelion geometry to get a maximum vista of the surrounding mountain. Thus, this house exhibits introverted central and extrovert spaces at the periphery extending outward and merging into nature.
These six-bed country houses have three bedrooms, a pantry, and living space on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor. Each bedroom has two triangular balconies with a compact yet dynamically angled bathroom built adjacent to it. The house opens into a massive deck on the east side and is well-shaded by its mass during peak afternoon hours. The pavilion at the edge of the deck provides shelter and a panoramic view of the Matheran mountains with the changing backdrop of rising sun and moon. One can access the swimming pool area and glamping site from the deck below. The cantilevered sloping roof on the three sides of the house shields the structure from the vagaries of the weather. The rich arch openings with M.S. hollow box pipe and clear glass allow plenty of natural light, merging the house with the surrounding landscape.
This house is a great way to experience nature.
Material Palette – A minimal natural material palette was decided to achieve simplicity and a bucolic feel. Black basalt stone foundation, earth red bricks for a wall, black china mosaic roof, kota stone flooring with black china mosaic border along the wall, yellow Jaisalmer stone for the central staircase, beige Shahabad stone for deck, black river sand finish granite stone along with black basalt stone walls for toilet became the palette for the house. The material’s colors – red, beige, and black became the central theme.
Landscape – To increase the green cover of the property, more than 2000 trees were planted over three years during house construction. Indigenous plants were preferred for plantation as they require less maintenance and even have medicinal properties. The landscape around Mountain Dust has been kept random and raw to retain a natural feel. Various earth mounts have been placed strategically to control the scale of the house and achieve house privacy from the outside, as well as depicted as miniature mountains mimicking the Matheran hills. The driveways and pathways were made in circular geometry to divide into various zones.
Geometry – Man exists in a rhythmic pattern, and so does his art form, It starts to end and ends to start again. These patterns exist in them since they are centered on a particular thought and are under the gravity of that thought. If the thought changes, so does the pattern. House geometry plays an important role in instilling harmony and tranquility. The house geometry of Mountain Dust is based on a squarish and triangular grid – forming a Triskelion geometrical system balanced by the landscape’s circular geometry.
Way of working – I did not make any working drawings after a conceptual drawing and model. The house evolved naturally,” It was purely on-site work in response to site context, direct collaboration between architect, local mason, and fabricator, without the involvement of any structural and civil engineers. I feel structures built out of working drawings are static and stagnant, with less scope for spontaneity. After the structure is complete, final as-built drawings are made for documentation.
Philosophy of Objective Organic Architecture – Organic architecture is more intrinsic by nature. It is based on ideas derived from a holistic approach. It echoes the philosophy of evolving in response to context and interaction with surroundings. In organic architecture, “NATURE” becomes the prime attribute. The nature of a site, the nature of the topography, the nature of the climate, the nature of the material used, the nature of intention, and the nature of the man – all inspire its built form. Organic architecture is a form of objective art. Its sole purpose is “the Objective development of a man.” It has a character like a man and has its unique form to serve its particular purpose. The extroverted nature of man is synchronized with extroverted space; similarly, the introverted nature of man is synchronized with introverted space. Thus forming a resonance between the man and the space. Arriving at this “state of resonance” is important in Objective Organic architecture. Such an art form acts like a code language to produce a particular feeling in Man. For instance, if you see a beautiful form or a beautiful building, you feel joy because of its geometry, which is also induced in you. Similarly, the presence of an ugly building makes you feel uncomfortable, repulsive, and disharmony because of its disproportionate, non-balance, disorder, and crooked geometry, which gets induced in your mind. So whatever man sees, he becomes like that in some deep sense. Just sitting silently and looking at the statue of Buddha, something in you will become silent, something in you will become still. Something in you will become buddhalike. Watching the Taj Mahal in the full moon, you will fall into a very meditative space. Thus, Objective Organic architecture helps you to become centered, healthy, and whole.
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