This residential project blends a triangular geometry with organic, animal-like structural forms. The site for this bungalow is a very steep slope, and the architect chose to have the slope terraced and allow some vegetation to grow prior to beginning construction. Following this stage, three large arches (500 mm thick, spanning 9 meters) were erected on the site, as was a tortoise-shaped wind catcher with the toilet below.
Construction of these three arches began with brick formwork at the base, with a triangular edge running across it. Stones of varying sizes were placed into the triangular section of the arch, and a slurry mix poured over it. The slurry was allowed to cure until the stones were set in place, resulting in an arch with a triangular section. The thrust of the arches is held by radiating struts, which in turn support steel trusses and the fiber-reinforced plastic roof. This entire system, from the roof to the arch, acts together to support loads.
Visually, the large, sloping roof relates the mountainous landscape to the house itself. Large stones were utilized in the walls and in the surrounding landscaping.
The interior of the house was designed to bring the outside in, reducing the border between the exterior and interior. Thus, the massive roof is translucent, allowing much light into the interiors below. Large dormers in the roof further open to views of the hilly terrain. Interior details include partition screens made of Kota stone and railings of Mandana stone.
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