YMCA International Campsite is located upon a promontory jutting into the Andhra Lake near Nilshi village, surrounded by Sahayadri Mountains in western India. A small plateau at the top became the center of the design, which integrates cabins, tent sites, a manager’s bungalow and catering facilities into the landscape.
Its exceptional pattern results in structures being posited beneath earth stack and within the hill inclines. The downward ramps and stairs persuade one to search what appears as entries to underground caves. Yet on further exploration, these lead to foyers and only into generous rooms with large glass walls opening out to the vast lake fingers and forest.
The particular interest of this Campsite is the manager’s bungalow, which is actually a crescent shaped, earth-covered bow, with glass walls facing the lake. Ventilators and skylights appear as sculptors on the earth mound roof. The composition thus emerges as a large organic garden integrated into a natural surroundings.
Project Name: YMCA International Campsite
Site Location: Nilshi, Pune
Site Area: 1,70,000 square meters
Built up Area: 21,000 square meters
Started – Completed Years: Phase 1 : 2001-04 ; Phase 2 : 2007-09
Client: YMCA International, Mumbai
Design Team: Phase 1 : Deepak Guggeri ; Phase 2 : Harsh Manrao
Structural Consultant: Mr. Bhutkar ( CE Godse Associates) ; Mr. Satish Marathe
Achievement: IIA Award