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Country Retreat--Rajsamadhiyala House

Description of Project 

The Site  

The location of the house is in a village called Rajsamadhiyala, 18 km away from Rajkot city. The site is located on the periphery of the village, on a mound and next to the village water tank. Being a hilly region, the site and the plot offered breath taking vistas of the horizon.   

Program Brief

‘A retired couple wanting to build a small house in a village away from the rush of the town.’

How to build minimum and what construction techniques to be used (where it is also helpful for the villagers) was the main concern of the design.

The physical features of the site were guiding reference for the location of the main house and the annexe. The rock out crop area on site became a court for the house, which was a generative of the design. The extreme and lowest south- west corner, adjoining the village roads became annexe to house utility, parking and guard’s room.

The language of both the built forms is designed extremely different, separating the response to the village as well as functionality. The main house is divided in two parts most private – bedroom and the kitchen, by the court. Both these spaces offers very different vistas. 

The location of the kitchen was done keeping in mind the views it offered; of the village temple and village houses, the notion accentuated by placing a window directly above the kitchen platform. The semi-covered living space and the bedroom enjoy the solace and expanding views.

The annexe is built to meet the needs for the utility of the main house, its location was chosen keeping in mind the level difference of the site, and the views for the main house.  This house demonstrates its simplicity not only by its location or function but also by restraining form and use of local materials.

Location
AT Village Rajsamadhiyala, Dist Rajkot, Gujarat

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