Vernacular Style Retreat Centre, Hampi | Int-Hab architecture + design Studio

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Vernacular Style Retreat Centre, Hampi | Int-Hab architecture + design Studio

Project Description:

The retreat centre is Built on a site based in the hot and humid region of Hospet a town next to Hampi, Karnataka, this retreat is a harmonious blend of vernacular architecture and natural finishes, amidst the existing lush vegetation, breathtaking and picturesque views. The modest interiors are emphatically quite to echo the minimal form of the architecture.

The design ideology is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Hampi. Each of the cottages is designed to encapsulate the feeling of home away from home to the visiting tourists. The flora and fauna were largely retained to acknowledge and celebrate the existing landscape consisting of lush green Mango and Chikoo trees.

Locally available materials and finishes were incorporated, thereby lending cost effectiveness to the project. The master plan primarily consists of 3 typologies of cottages along with a swimming pool and a restaurant.


Type 1

Coracle – also known as “Theppa” is a locally available small rounded lightweight boat, this

has been used as an element in the roofing for this typology of the cottage. Due to its properties

such as buoyancy, cooling nature, and waterproofing, it acts as a perfect cover for the


Type 2

The facade of this cottage is inspired by the smaller stone structures such as the ancient

market complex found in Hampi. Elements such as steel members have replaced the stone

verticals which acts as a contemporary influence on the structure.



Type 3

This typology of the cottage has an influence of the traditional houses found in Northern

Karnataka. The design includes several elements such as a veranda “Jagali” space and the

sloping roof. The roofing of the cottage is constructed using steel structure with puf sheet

replacing the traditionally used pot tiles, that one can see across several of the local

residences around Hampi.

Project Details

Name of the Project: Retreat @ Hampi – Navya’s

Project Location: Hospet, Karnataka, India

Architectural Group:Int-Hab architecture + design Studio

Architects/Designers Name: Principal Architect Sachin Shetty

Client: Mr Venkat Ramana

Project Completion Year: 2017

Total Area (Enter sq. meter or sq. feet): 30,000 sq ft

Built-Up Area (Enter sq. meter or sq. feet): 10,000 sq ft

Project Type: Hospitality

Awards/Recognition (If any): RTF

Image Courtesy/Copyright: Mr Vishal Jayshankar

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