The House with the Gabion | Lonavala | Spasm Design - The Architects Diary

The House with the Gabion | Lonavala | Spasm Design

The House with the Gabion | Spasm Design

Text description provided by the architects. Pawna Lake, offers some killer vistas.

This country home starts with an 8 foot thick Gabion wall, which acts as a spine, the first marker which runs for 170 feet, from north to south.

All spaces in a one room thick linear organization attach themselves to the Gabion and a generous 10-foot wide verandah lined in local bricks becomes the movement and principal living zone.

The break in the Gabion becomes the point of entry, almost like slipping in discretely, into a densely planted court, confronted by a swing bed, framing the phenomenal view.

The innovation of the musket spouts and the full length Y-rain collector makes sure that the water shed by the roof is tamed and shot out away from the verandah. This is a high precipitation, catchment area.

Open showers, high rooms, terrazzo en-suites and brass lamps add to the overall frugal natural atmosphere. The Gabion has become overgrown and is ruinous and modern at once, in a way.

We, couldn’t see any other way of addressing the site.



  • Architects : Spasm Design

  • Location : Lonavala, India

  • Architects in Charge: Sanjeev Panjabi, Sangeeta Merchant

  • Area : 150.0 m2

  • Project Year: 2017

  • Photographs :Photographix – Sebastian & Ira, Shashank Patil

  • Structural Engineer : Rajeev Shah

  • Landscape : A.Y. Ratiwalla

  • Gabion Wall Construction : Amit Redker

  • source : Archdaily




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