Site has a varying topography. Relatively gentle with occasional steepness in some parts. The house sits on the topmost level, which is flattened to the retention wall that encompasses the immediate boundary. The rest of the site has a gentle slope towards the southern side till it meets with a relatively steep slope and becomes an interface with the vast paddy fields. Rest three sides (east west and north) have thick vegetation as an interface. Soil is suitable to accommodate healthy tropical and subtropical vegetation. Less human activities in the context. The southern part being a paddy field is moderately active throughout the year with slightly intense activities during harvest. The Paddy field becomes a larger open space and helps in extending the visual boundary to a distant space, elevating the spatial quality and potential of the site. The long slender stems of Areca palms planted In an organized manner in the southwest corner of the site add an interesting flavor to the context. Towards the eastern side of the new Residence sits the old one, relatively small with less architectural significance but higher associational value. The site has two access roads one from northeastern corner and the other from the western side. Frequent access to paddy fields towards the south from the site is part of the brief, which makes a total of three entry points. The site contains a good amount of grown-up trees some shrubs and buffalo grass as main ground cover. The main stormwater drainage is towards the southern side. A small stream that runs along the interface between the site and paddy fields acts as the main carrier of stormwater.
The core idea was to create unique user experiences along clients' requirements, capturing the essence of the site.
The spatial composition from the stationed user perspective is organized primarily based on proximity. Spaces of varying compositions are sited in different parts of site and the residence is taken as the source from which the proximity is modulated. The first layer of experience is from the front garden that sits within the closest proximity. It's dynamic and characterized by active engagements. Also it stage, points to experiencing 'the beyond'(barbecue corner). The landscape is luxurious and filled with elements to induce interest. 'Thulasithara', barbecue corner, Lilly pond, Iow, rippling stream, etc add charm to the garden. The next layer is more like a transition phase that connects the garden with the wilderness. As there is a 2 m level variation with surrounding space attains a clear distinctive character. Finally, the outer layer, wild in nature, works around larger volumes and facilitates users to have direct engagement with forces in nature. A walk along the stream, sitting midst of thick bamboo grooves, enjoying the paddy fields, experiences fold into many, forming various narratives!