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The House in Between the Trees, Karjat, India by architecture INNATE

Project name:
The House in Between the Trees
Architecture firm:
architecture INNATE
Karjat, Maharashtra, India
Soham Raje
Principal architect:
Anjum Munavalli & Soham Raje
Design team:
Anjum Munavalli, Soham Raje
Sankalan Hunnarshala Foundation, Sau Hath – Hundred Hands
Interior design:
architecture INNATE & Shellcraft (Contractor)
Built area:
2200 ft²
Site area:
1 Acre
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Vikrant Mate & Associates
Structural engineer:
Vikrant Mate & Associates
Environmental & MEP:
Vikrant Mate & Associates
architecture INNATE
architecture INNATE & Vikrant Mate
architecture INNATE
Tools used:
AutoCAD, SketchUp, Twinmotion, Adobe Photoshop
J.B. Enterprise
Rammed Earth, Basalt Stone, Bricks, Concrete, Wood
Residential › House, Bungalow

architecture INNATE: Nestled within the rustic charm of Karjat village, our residential bungalow project stands as a tribute to the earth's raw elegance. Constructed using the ancient Rammed Earth technique, every inch of this dwelling reflects a profound connection with the land. As if emerging from the very soil it stands upon, the bungalow wears the warm hues of nature's palette with pride. Small scale experiments with the local soil were explored before constructing the actual walls for the built house. Sankalan Hunnarshala, Bhuj, guided us on the technical basis before construction & Sau Hath – Hundred Hands, constructed the rammed earth walls for us.

The basalt stone, hewn from nearby quarries, contributes to the structure's authenticity, each piece imbued with a story of the earth's own journey. The synergy of Rammed Earth, local bricks & basalt stone forms an architectural symphony where modernity meets tradition. Beyond being ecologically sensitive, this approach offers thermal comfort, grounding the inhabitants in the embrace of their surroundings. Sunlight dances upon earthen walls, casting ever-shifting patterns of warmth and shadow. The tactile quality of these materials invites touch, fostering a deep connection between dweller and dwelling.

In this bungalow, the boundary between indoors and outdoors blurs; a testament to our reverence for the environment. Verdant gardens merge seamlessly with living spaces, drawing residents closer to the rhythms of life. Here, nature's cadence permeates every facet, reminding us of the beauty in simplicity and the serenity that resides in embracing our earth's offerings. ‘The House in Between the Tree’ bungalow stands not just as a residence, but as a testament to the power of natural materials, the wisdom of ancient techniques, and the beauty of living in harmony with the world around us.

By Liliana Alvarez

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