The house is situated in the village of Satkol (district Nanital) at 2000 mts above sea level, surrounded only by traditional village houses reflecting the spartan life of local farmers. It is built as a holiday house for self-use.
▼项目周边环境一览，surrounding environment overview
The design of this house is referring to proximity of snow cladded panorama of the northern Himalayan range at the horizon and nonetheless rooted strongly to existing and unharmed terraces it occupies. These two overwhelming landscape features compelled the building’s placement at the lowest terrace level of the property and merge with the larger environment.
▼建筑被放置在梯田的最低级，与周围的大环境相融合；the building places at the lowest terrace level of the property and merge with the larger environment
▼住宅外立面上对应景观大大小小开了很多方窗，many square windows are opened at the facade based on views
Spaces are organized on three distinctive levels, each approximately occupying 14.50m x 3.60m of the natural terrain with undisturbed spectacular views of the neighboring orchards and the town of Almora, experienced and architecturally expressed through a continuous glazing all around the external floating envelope. This rift addresses a transition between the exposed dressed dry stonewall base excavated from site and theoiled ‘thun’ wood cladding, acquired from this very region.
▼室内空间由三个不同的层次组成，spaces are organized on three distinctive levels
▼外立面的连续横窗使得周围的果园和Almora镇的壮观景色一览无余，the continuous windows allow for undisturbed spectacular views of the neighboring orchards and the town of Almora
Four 14.50 m span ‘sal wood’ frames made of multiple glued planks and thin steel tie rods, support the entire timber covered roof, the insulated building envelope, the entire wooden mezzanine floor and shape the iconic double glazed skylight. The entire house suspended from these robust truss frames without the support of any intermediate columns allows an undisturbed flow of contours into the silent ‘pine wood‘ paneled interior spaces. Carefully crafted collage of square windows towards all directions ensures ‘zen’ views of various mountain peaks and ever- changing clouds.
▼从高处能看到室内空间由木框架支撑，形成了无柱空间；from the upper level one can clearly see the interior space is supported with wood frames that allow for no column construction
▼天窗为卧室引入阳光，the skylight introduces sunlight into the bedroom
▼晚间的住宅，the house at night
▼首层平面，the first floor plan
▼二层平面，the second floor plan
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