River Home: Modern Indian Residence Reaches Over Water



river home

Incredible care went into the siting of the structures that form this residence in rural India, weaving it into the existing landscape to take advantage of natural light and a winding waterway that passes through the property.

river home axon diagram

Designed by Architecture BRIO (images by Sebastian Zachariah), “the house consists of two parts: the day areas of the house such as the dining/kitchen, the living room and entrance verandah are separated from the master bedroom by a bridge that spans across the stream.”

river home interior wood

Concrete forms a solid mass for the main structure while wood elements add a warmer materiality to objects and details made to be touched. Due to the regional climate, many spaces are able to be left largely open to the elements as well.

river home site plan

Cardinal directions play an important role in timing early- and late-day light, as well as indirect northern illumination. “The orientation of the program is based on climatic considerations. The bedrooms are mostly west facing with large verandahs and get the evening sun. The living rooms faces east once again with a large verandah.”

river home exterior green

Meanwhile, “The kitchen, dining, and pool areas all look towards the north and are shaded by large trees. The south façade of the house is predominately closed and more solid with the exception of a picture window that frames the view out from the pantry to the fields beyond.”

river home site sections

Other details are designed to frame views and other experiences on and around the site, through the program and openings. “The living room on the left is lifted off the ground to have a panoramic view of the mountain range in the distance. The guest room embraces an existing tree to create a courtyard and just peeks across the dining room to have a view over the length of the stream. The pool is aligned along the stream acting as a celebration of it during the monsoons, and a memory of it during the dry season.”

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