HOUSE BY A LAKE - Lonavala
This lakeside holiday home, located on the shores of Walwan Lake near Lonavala, has a built-up area of 700 sq. m. The site commands a panoramic view of the nearby dam and the surrounding hills. With wide decks and ramps linking land and water, the building is like an abstracted cruiser - a concept that attempts to generate the air and excitement of a voyage. The building had a very simple plan, consisting of three levels. The levels were determined in accordance with the post-monsoon levels of the adjoining lake. A bridge provides access to the building at the middle level that comprises of two bedrooms, living and dinging areas along with a kitchen. Large windows and expansive decks offer a scenic view of the surrounding lake and hills. The lower level accommodates an additional set of self-contained bedroom units, recreational spaces and caretaker’s unit. The top floor has a bedroom and living rooms that open onto a covered sit-out. The two-layered façade is designed to withstand the high-velocity winds in the area and the heavy rains during the monsoon.