The Retreat Residential House by Keta Shah and Varun Shah

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Retreat

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residential House

INSPIRATION:
Located outside the city of Vadodara, The Retreat is envisioned as an escape from the chaos, noise and the fast-paced life of the city. Inspired from the vernacular mud houses found in the surrounding vicinity, a subdued natural material palette is used to create a cocoon to recharge yourself from the daily grind. The premise was to use local knowledge and create a liveable space using that keeps you grounded and as close to nature as possible.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Retreat is a weekend home that takes cues from the monolithic spatiality of vernacular Indian houses, in a contemporary context. The monolithic shell creates surfaces to sit, sleep and incorporate other functions. The material palette plays with textures and soft colours to enliven a stark space, which focuses only on the essentials. It offers a homogenous space and a clutter-free environment that focuses on a simple, relaxed lifestyle and mental wellbeing.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The weekend home consists of two bedrooms and a fluid living space that incorporates the living areas, dining, kitchen, bar and lots of free space to lounge. Custom designed fenestrations allow for maximum openings, and frame the greens outside. The vaulted ceiling defines the central bay of the house and visually leads to the outdoor space that overlooks the fields beyond. A grey cement texture envelopes the entire space to create a homogenous environment, accented by soft blue and green tones, wood and metal elements.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project is Located in Vadodara, India. The project duration was 10 months and was completed in March 2019.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The interiors are designed within an existing single-storied, load bearing structure with 18" thick walls. To create a homogenous environment, walls were carved in to create niches, and modulate the surfaces as beds, tables or storage, and enveloped with a cement texture. Repurposing an outdoor planter into the circular centre table and old brass glasses into light fixtures, the design delves into the uniquely Indian characteristic of "Jugaad" - non-conventional and frugal innovations that come about due to restrictions of cost and the availability of materials.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Built up Area: 205 sq mt.

TAGS:
residence interiors, indian interiors, indian residence, weekend home, home, house interior, farmhouse

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Field Research Objectives: To study the vernacular houses of the region to design a space that is rooted in the context Methodology & Tools: Photographic and illustrative documentation during field visit. Analysis post visit. Insights: Situated in a rural India, the mud houses respond to the hot & dry climatic conditions of the region. A single material, mud plaster, envelopes the floor and the walls to make the space cool, sustainable, and hygienic. Owing to economic limitations, furniture is bare minimum, and storage and ledges are created within the walls for various functions.

CHALLENGE:
Most of the furniture is custom-made or built at site to blend with the surfaces. The challenge was also to develop a simple system for the fenestration that allows for maximum openings at a minimum budget. The design of a series of window panes connected by a single lever that also functions as the handle, was an exercise in simple mechanics. This system is used throughout the house and allows for cross ventilation to keep the house cool in its hot and dry weather.

ADDED DATE:
2020-02-04 05:48:17

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Architect: Keta Shah and Interior Designer: Varun Shah

IMAGE CREDITS:
Tejas Shah

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Workshop Inc

PROFILE:
Workshop Inc is a young design practice operating within the fields of architecture, interior design and exhibition design. Headed by Keta Shah and Varun Shah, both graduates of CEPT University, Ahmedabad, they bring their varied interests and skills to the table to undertake projects across the sectors of hospitality, retail, healthcare, workspaces and residences. The firm strives to create meaningful work, where experiential narratives, fresh ideas and relevance to the context become driving factors of the design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Retreat Residential House by Keta Shah and Varun Shah is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

The Retreat Residential House by Keta Shah and Varun Shah is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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