RMA architects: two bay house RMA architects: two bay house
aug 26, 2012

RMA architects: two bay house

  ‘two bay house’ by RMA architects, alibag, india image © rajesh vora all images courtesy of RMA architects

positioned at the foothills of the western ghats on a plateau, is the ‘two bay house’ by american and indian firm RMA architects. a gravel forecourt welcomes inhabitants, leading towards a garden of raised linear planters and elevated patio.

the residence is divided into two bays, placing the private and common spaces on opposing sides of the site. a lap pool spans the length, creating a distinct separation of zones with the reservoir of water serving to cool the interior. with each half only one one room in width, the breezes which pass to the open courtyard and pool are humidified across the surface.

the horizontal lines extend into the landscape and the roof form rests inconspicuously on the terrain image © rajesh vora

blurred boundaries. the entry happens on an elevated patio where residents receive visitors and lemon grass may be plucked for tea image © rajesh vora

rainwater is handled vis a vis  elegant detailing integrated into the stone terrace walls image © rajesh vora

elevated and covered entry patio image © rajesh vora

layering interior and exterior spaces and long views under the roof canopy. image © rajesh vora

(left) reflections and subtle material hues that reflect the changing light in the space between the bays (right) light and material sensibilities  revealed throughout images © rajesh vora

choreographed vistas happen throughout the house image © RMA architects

a stone base and roof canopy are given visual separation enhancing the tectonic reading image © RMA architects

image © rajesh vora

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  • A successful architectural design.

    www.designcoholic.com says:
  • for a minute I thought it said “OMA” whereupon I went “huh?”

    having recovered from that, let me now say, what an exquisite gem!

    dbkii says:
  • Beautiful! Please send me more specs on this and others. What is size? Looks like the modules can be used in different ways.

    Thank you

    Jerry Kirks says:
  • They do not mention what altitude in the Foot Hills.. but this area is humid and tropical in the lower reaches. I doubt whether that static water feature would have any effect on the interior of the buildings .. and Indians are not know for doing laps.

    I would like to see this on a hill in Panama, on the Pacific side. Along with Sanyo for sleeping areas. Nice design.

    Jim C. says:

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