Gabion House by Spasm Design Architects

Gabion House by Spasm Design Architects

Architects: Spasm Design Architects
Project: Gabion House
Architects in Charge: Sanjeev Panjabi, Sangeeta Merchant
Location: Lonavala, India
Area 150.0 m2
Project Year 2017
Photography: Photographix – Sebastian & Ira, Shashank Patil

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. Pawna Lake, offers some killer vistas.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The pool sort of drifts away from the verandah as a reflective mirror plane, pointing to the peak on the opposite shore.

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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.

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