rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in india
 

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in india

architecture studio morphlab has introduced the ‘shift-ing earth’ project, a synthesis of ideas materialized in the form of a residence, set in the middle of a dense forest in india. the house design responds to the aesthetic and environmental context of the site, sparking a conversation between architecture and nature.

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indiasemi-open living area with skylight

all images courtesy of morphlab

 

 

identifying some of the main contextual parameters of the site, morphlab, synthesized an algorithm that can be applied to different environments, producing different outcomes. the architects considered factors like sun, wind and vistas in order to generate design alternatives, which are all based on the core concept of the project; a building that pivots around a tree, with its spaces shifting and stacking around it responding to its immediate context.

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indiapassage overlooking the courtyard

 

 

all living and outdoor spaces were planned with a water body around them, providing relief and comfort from the tropical climate. a stone pathway leads through the greens and bridges over the water body at the front of the house, leading to the entrance. a minimal door in corten steel separates the outside from the inside. as one pauses at the entrance, water cascading into the front creates almost a therapeutic sound. stepping down to the underground pool area, one can see the open sky again.

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indiasteps leading to partially underground pool

 

 

living spaces overlook the pool area where water from the front of the house pours down into the pool connecting the outside to the inside both in physical and experiential way. part of the pool area retains the natural rock found during the excavation process. all bedrooms are placed towards SW of the house aligning with the incident wind direction helping to provide cooling & minimizing need for mechanical cooling.

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indialiving spaces overlooking the pool

 

 

the existing tree used as a pivotal element is an attempt to conserve the existing habitat, minimizing construction impact. earth excavated from the construction process is rammed into formwork to make the walls that resemble a section of sedimentary rock revealing deposition of time. the use of rammed earth as the main material promotes a sustainable building practice. oxidizing corten steel panels provide protection to the upper bedrooms directly exposed to weathering factors, while the living areas are opened out to look over the surrounding forest. with an inside-out approach, core materials used to construct the house bare themselves as the finishing textures.

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indiaview from the entrance

 

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indiaorganic distribution of structures over the township

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indiamasterplan of the township

rammed earth walls build this tropical retreat with waterfalls in indiafirst floor plan

morphlab uses rammed earth walls to create a tropical re treat in india 3
variable outputs based on different parameters

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: shift-ing earth
architecture office: morphlab
project team: sahil jain, ajinkya manohar, avinash mewada, pratik patel, rishabh suvarna, eshita chopra

 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom

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