The Unique the Palmyra house designed by Studio Mumbai Architects has been shortlisted for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecturein Nandgaon, this lovely house is located in Maharashtra, India. The house has two main buildings which have function for as a weekend retreat, lies in the shade of an extensive coconut grove on coastal agricultural land facing the sea, near the fishing village of Nandgaon, south of Mumbai. The concept of the house is back to nature.
The structure is made of ain wood; local basalt was used to make boundary walls, plinths and paving. Plaster finishes were pigmented with sand from the site. The house is well-adapted to its environment: the louvers on the elevations enable passive cooling, as does the extensive shade provided by the coconut trees above; water for the house is harvested from three on-site wells, filtered and stored at the top of a water tower and fed by gravity to the house. The result of these measures is a quietly compelling project that is fully integrated into its landscape. [source]