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Himanshu Patel

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India-380061

Shyam Farm Forest Resort, Hospitality-Hotel

Boldly dramatic resort, home to sixteen cottages, is located at the very edge of Gir National Park and wildlife sanctuary; the sole home of the Asiatic lion, surrounded by 1400 sq.km forest in Gujarat and was built on new vernacular style by the d6thd design studio of Ahmadabad. Guests are immersed in nature with fort like circular cottages inspired by a combination of local nomadic community houses and the boldness of lion-the king of forest.

Looking at how nomadic man set up circular house in forest; these cottages has been evolved. Once the guest is in circular cottage, he is cozy and protected. He has everything he needs, as in a womb. Further to the design direction was the ecologically sensitive notion to embrace the nature gently, meaning that no aspect of the construction should impose on the existing mango trees since the site was actually a farm having mango trees at thirty feet interval in grid. It seems like the cottages in this primitive form are planted on this site among towering old mango trees and peacocks strutting around without disturbing the natural environment.

One approaches the resort via a long driveway lined by trees on either side through surrounding local farms towards forest. Once you reach near the resort, one can catch a glimpse of the resort through the foliage. The body of the cottages hides behind trees like a lion behind bushes. The honesty and simplicity of materials and techniques employed are not just time tested and reliable but clearly reflect a cultural sensitivity towards the area. A short walk on random pathway along landscape before entering the cottage builds up an element of anticipation.

Each cluster has large foyer space shaded by a mango tree welcomes the visitors before entering into the cottage. Inbuilt sit outs from sand stone below mango tree allow for an intimate interface with the outdoors where you actually wouldnt need a book. The spaces move from light to dark, hot to cool, public to private, reflected through variations in scale & proportion, producing very interesting spaces. The sequencing and orientation of the cottage clusters are random based on the space discovered between existing mango trees break downs the monotony and offers various perspectives to enjoy the beauty of circular mass. Experience of wildness takes primacy over formal gestures. Sun, rain and wind freely pierce the property and will mark it over the years.

Clay roofing tile and exposed brick surface will gradually get covered with radiant moss; nature will fight its way back. Living in a forest is about witnessing this war. This feeling of closeness with the natural world is never more apparent than during an evening spent on local wooden charpai under the stars, listening to the wind rustling in the mango trees and the distant call of a roaring lion. There is an element of vulnerability certainly, but more than that, it brings a humbling awareness of ones place in the world and harmony with the Earth. The smells and sounds of the bush soon become a rhythmic lullaby that sends guests into a long and restful slumber.

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Client
Local Farmer
Area (in sq.ft)
13,000
Cost (INR)
12,500,000
Courtyard with a mango tree within cottage cluster acts as a transition space between the more private cottage bedroom and the informal semi open living area

Courtyard with a mango tree within cottage cluster acts as a transition space between the more private cottage bedroom and the informal semi open living area

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ZingyEdit: The room is lit up with daylight, from the punctures within the brick wall.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Lobby, Resort, window, Brick Wall, seaters, Plant, Wood, Tree, Brick, Court

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Standing balcony with an unobstructed panoramic view becomes a fascinating extension for the upper level cottages

Standing balcony with an unobstructed panoramic view becomes a fascinating extension for the upper level cottages

ZingyEdit: An upward perspective of this residential tower depicting a traditional concept to the resort.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Resort, balcony, window, Brick Wall, Building, Potted Plant, Tree, Brick, External Walls and Facades

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Construction techniques using load bearing exposed brick walls, arches, sand stone jalis and clay tile roof have contributed to the low cost of the project

Construction techniques using load bearing exposed brick walls, arches, sand stone jalis and clay tile roof have contributed to the low cost of the project

ZingyEdit: The resort has clearly been designed to give a story like impact, with its facade and form inspired from forts.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Exterior, Resort, architecture, landscape, Plants, Brick Wall, curved wall, Plant, Potted Plant, Arch, Tree, Grass, Roof, Fort, Tile Roof

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ZingyEdit: The fort like resort has been composed from a traditional material palette comprising of load bearing exposed brick walls, arches, sand stone jalis and clay tile roof have contributed to the low cost of the project

This picture relates to/has: Exterior, Outdoors, Resort, architecture, landscape, window, Brick Wall, curved wall, Arch, Tree, Brick, Rust, Fort

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ZingyEdit: A perspective of the fort like resort from some distance gives a sneak peak to the visitors, of an exotic fairy-tale experience.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Resort, Building, Plant, Tree, Column, Tile Roof

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view from adjoining farm expressing the design became a physical interpretation of primal, yet human, home-making instincts, but with an association between the abstract and the organic

view from adjoining farm expressing the design became a physical interpretation of primal, yet human, home-making instincts, but with an association between the abstract and the organic

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ZingyEdit: The facade displays a traditional theme for this fort like resort composed from bricks.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Exterior, Resort, window, Brick Wall, Furniture, Building, Arch, Tree, Brick, Roof, External Walls and Facades

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ZingyEdit: The tiled octagonal roof, forms a shed for the landscaped lawn comprising the outdoors.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Resort, Garden, landscape, Plant, Grass, Brick, Path, Walkway, Tile Roof

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ZingyEdit: The residential towers, circular in shape are nestled among the existing trees framing scenic visuals for the passers by attracting them towards the resort.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Exterior, Resort, Brick Wall, curved wall, landscape, Door, Villa, Tree, Grass, Outdoors, Nature, Fort

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ZingyEdit: The curved building is encapsulated in a brick facade, with spiral staircase wrapped around it.

This picture relates to/has: Exterior, Outdoors, Resort, spiral stairs, Brick Wall, Door, Flooring, Brick

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ZingyEdit: Hut styled built form, has been paired against circular building bearing brick facade with traditional style fenestration such as arched windows.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Exterior, Resort, window, Plants, Brick Wall, Plant, Potted Plant, Arch, Tree, Brick, Planter, Roof

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ZingyEdit: Featuring a sneak peek from a distance towards the castle like resort.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Exterior, Resort, spiral stairs, Plants, Brick Wall, curved wall, Arch, Tree

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ZingyEdit: A circular building built in brick features traditional fort like elements such as arched windows and majestic form, nestled in green foliage.

This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Exterior, Resort, window, Brick Wall, curved wall, Building, Plant, Arch, Tree, Grass, Brick, External Walls and Facades

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This picture relates to/has: Resort, Building, Plant, Villa, Tree, Grass, Brick, Outdoors, Resort, Nature, External Walls and Facades

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