TEMPLE TREE RETREAT
Temple Tree Retreat responds to the client’s vision to create a welcoming atmosphere “for those who want a serene and beautiful place to come to, after meditating at the Inner Chamber of the Matrimandir.”
The design responds to and engages with the landscape and sky – creating a dialogue between nature and the observer. On entering the site a carefully laid pathway of rough granite stones – flanked by precast concrete garden lamps – lead one to a series of stepping stones that reach over the biopond that wraps itself around the entry verandah. The pink lilies and the sound of a water fountain greet the visitor inviting them to relax.
The ponds and gardens integrate with the verandahs of the elevated ground floor structure and each room has a well laid out garden space in the front and back. Designed around an internal courtyard for light and privacy, the main house contains a kitchen, dining, two guest rooms and a private apartment on the first floor, opening on to a terrace garden.
The sloping Mangalore tiled roofs are supporting with a system of precast concrete rafters, clad internally with bison board and insulated with a layer of thermocal. The material palette conists of black Cuddapah flooring, teak wood doors and exposed concrete structure. Plastered walls of Porotherm hollow clay blocks make for adequate sound and thermal insulation.
A meditation space is nestled over a pond between the main house and cottages, designed to open up to the landscape when needed. Use of white marble for flooring and wall panels allows for a diffused light quality, lending a sense of sanctity to this chamber.
This project received the Runner-Up position in Landscape Category, WADe India Excellence Awards, 2018.
Client: Nalin Patel
Site Area: 4000 m²
Built Up Area: 1200 m²
Type: Boutique Hotel
Team: Mona Doctor-Pingel, Arusha Shridhar, Sonam P. Kesarkar, Kriti Gupta
Contractor: Mohan Constructions
Consultants: Dirk Nagel, Aqua Engineers (Waste Water Treatment), Kavit and Aurore (Solar Water Heating System)
Photo Credits: Sanjiv Raman, Jasmine Patel, John mandeen