The weekend office / farmhouse is planned on a simple rectangular grid, with the living spaces focused around internal courtyards. It was conceived as a sustainable building, using locally available and recycled materials. The stones used for the walls are quarried from the site. Conventional internal partitions are replaced with a layering of timber arches salvaged from a traditional 'wada' (courtyard house); bamboo curtains provide the necessary privacy in these open spaces. The sloping roofs are finished in Mangalore clay tiles and deodar wood recycled from packing boxes. Rainwater from the roof is harvested into a ground storage reservoir and recharge pits.
Weekend Office / Farmhouse Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.