in india, architecture brio has completed a dwelling perched on the cliff of a hilltop surrounded by a lush, meandering river landscape. located a stone’s throw from the kuda caves in tala, maharashtra, the ‘tree villa’ has been conceived as a series of layered transparent spaces that occupy an overarching structural framework.

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upon arrival, guests are met with a large timber deck that wraps around the house and culminates in a viewing platform. above, architecture brio has topped the villa with a thatched roof that sits on a band of floor-to-ceiling glazing. inside the home, living space has been designed to be as open and as airy as possible with sheer curtains used to filter the strong daylight entering the residence.

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within the open-plan layout, three volumes have been realized as independent enclosures: the bedroom, the bathroom, and the pantry. thees volumes have soft, rounded edges, which sit within the otherwise square structural grid. ‘the curves create a sensual kind of luxury and bring softness to the space, opening up the surrounding landscape with open corners,’ explain the architects. ‘the volumetric play of partly white, partly reflective surfaces within a wooden framework animate and lighten up the space.’

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externally, the bathroom enclosure is clad with mirrored panels that reflect the surrounding forest. however internally, an old tree spreads across the outdoor space, piercing the enclosure’s walls. meanwhile, a freestanding tub allows for al fresco bathing. elsewhere, the villa’s sleeping quarters can be closed off according to privacy requirements.

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a spiral staircase descends to a ‘secret’ lower level suspended beneath the villa. here, a guest suite is bordered by a rock outcrop to one side and a thick forest to the other. a monochrome color scheme has been used throughout, along with an eclectic mix of restored and custom-designed furniture pieces designed to convey a ‘bohemian vibe’.

architecture brio tala treesort

architecture brio tala treesort

architecture brio tala treesort

architecture brio tala treesort

architecture brio tala treesort

architecture brio tala treesort

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: tala treesort, an eco resort in forest hills, tala
completed: 2017
design team: shefali balwani, robert verrijt, and khushboo asrani
size: 225 sqm / 2,421 sqf
program: forest retreat
client: forest hills

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