Located in rural farmlands on the outskirts of Kolkata, the brief for this two-bedroom weekend retreat was to create an outhouse that matched the tranquil surroundings of its setting. A place that blends in with the land, rather than breaks away from it. Set within a guava orchard on the farm, the idea was to build a ‘Macha’, or an elevated observation platform, that becomes a place of reprieve from the rigors of urban life.
Residential Outhouse that Blends in with the Land Providing Uninterrupted Views | Abin Design Studio
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Raised nine feet above the ground, this residential outhouse provides a dual purpose. It elevates one above the canopy level of the surrounding plantation, providing uninterrupted views all around. It also lifts the habitable spaces up to safety – away from undesired wildlife of this flood-prone zone.
Built on an MS structural framework, the retreat is designed to capitalize on its views all around. Service cores are placed in the middle, while habitable rooms and terraces run around the periphery of the floor plate. With metal elements kept to a minimum, the design language is dominated by the delicate weave of bamboo – locally available, but more importantly, a material familiar to the inhabitants of the land. A thatched roof above renders the pavilion a harmonious addition to the landscape.
This simplicity of the structure is accentuated by the boldness of the form and the contemporary implementation of traditional materials. This architectural expression of form carries through to the interior detailing as well. A combination of traditional wooden furniture and modern glazed elements brings this holiday home together. Soft furnishing and artwork weave color into the spaces. The composition of form, materials, and treatment makes for an idyllic weekend retreat within its verdant locale.
Designed by: Abin Design Studio
Project Size: 1850 Sq.ft
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal
Year Built: 2022
Principal Architect: Abin Chaudhuri
Team Design Credits: Subhasish Dey
Photograph Courtesy: Suryan // Dang
Consultants for the project
Execution: Jibendra Basak, Debjit Samanta, Partha Ghoshal
Bamboo Work: Debatosh Kar
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