Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Palmyra House

Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India
completed 2007

Located outside of Mumbai on the Arabian Sea, Palmyra House was built as a refuge from the bustle of the busy city. The 3000 sq ft. house consists of two wooden louvered structures separated by a courtyard and pool, set inside of a functioning coconut plantation. Anchored to stone platforms, the structures overlook a network of wells and aqueducts that weave the site into an inhabitable whole. Living room, study and master bedroom are contained in the north volume, while the south volume contains the kitchen, dining, and guest bedrooms. Set in the plaza between the buildings, the pool provides a channel for swimming towards endless vistas of palm trees to the east and the sea to the west.

Structural framing for the house was built of ain wood, a local hardwood, and was constructed using traditional interlocking joinery. The extensive louvres were handcrafted from the outer part of the palmyra trunk [a local palm species]. Exteriors are detailed with hand-worked copper flashing and standing seam aluminum roofs; interior surfaces are finished with teakwood and India Patent Stone, a refined pigmented plaster. Locally quarried black basalt was used to construct the aqueduct walls and pool courtyard.































































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Marco Di Bella said...

hello, i am a student of architecture, along with a group of guys we are studying your home Plamyra House. However, we are finding several problems, first of all the research materials. we would need to know the following information about these materials: wood Plamyra, AIN wood, and wood Tek:
1. Expanded name of the material
2. Breakdown (all the materials that compose it and that%)
3. Physical characteristics (size, purity, transparency, state, coloring, etc.)
4. The data sheet.
5. Certification of the product.

If you could provide at least some of these materials, we continue our studies!
We look forward to your new, Thanks for your attention.
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