Aarvli Estates Resort
Private Development | Design and Construction
Goa, India | 9,000 sq. m.
Project Directors: Christopher Lee,
2012 Mumbai, India
Aarvli Estates is situated close to Goa on the Konkan coast, part of the western coastline of India. Featuring rugged hills and dramatic coastal views this region is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Located at the top of a steep cliff the site overlooks the Arabian Sea to the west and the Mochemad Khadi estuary to the north with verdant hills to the east and south. The drama and sensitivity of this topography demands an architecture that is on the one hand unobtrusive and sensitive and on the other hand capable of exploiting the surrounding views.
The project draws inspiration from the famous forts of Maharashtra. A typical fort is based on a system of massive ramparts that closely follow the contours of its mountainside setting. The resulting architecture has a compelling curvilinear plan that is both easily extendible and in harmony with its natural context. Moreover, the form of the fort is inherently suited to observing the surrounding area. The plan of the resort is similarly arrayed along the contours of the site.
A curvilinear circulation spine is used to delineate a series of public and private spaces. This wavelike plan also allows a sequence of punctuated circular openings that bring light into the building and allow the use of greenery and pools of water. Circular courtyards are used as shaded dining and recreation areas and sea-facing swimming pools allow panoramic views. This organizational strategy is reflected in the design of the undulating roofscape. The intention here is for architectural consistency and environmental responsibility. Along the sea-facing elevation the roof sails over the facade providing shade for the areas below. The roof is planted with grasses, which reduce solar gain, provide better insulation, and help merge the building into its context.
In summary, the use of an innovative plan allows the creation of a building that is highly respectful of its sensitive natural context but that also enjoys distinct spatial qualities that will make it a premium destination in the region.