This coastal villa is located in the town near a highway on the eastern coast of Chennai, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu—one of the biggest cultural, economic, and educational centers in southern India—off the Bay of Bengal. It was designed in
During their stay, guests can access a wide variety of facilities, such as a gym and a home cinema, as well as enjoy the incredible swimming pool.
The clients’ brief was to ensure that when they occupied the house on their own that it was not too big and empty, however at the same time it also had to allow for the whole family and grandchildren should they decide to stay over.
Movements, spaces and volumes occur to fulfill various functional requirements through the architectural manipulation of materials, details and finishes. Two equal halves performing public and private functions are employed throughout horizontally and vertically.
Due to the steepness of the site and the resultant excavation, the structural frame of the house virtually follows the natural ground level – this inherent drama was expressed as part of the overall aesthetic of the house”, says Tamaryn Fourie Project Leader.
The property views towards the north and west over Fresnaye as well as at the rear of the site. The site falls very steeply and due to the high elevation of the road and the restrictions on the building form, the house is raised above
The main aspect was based on the premise of enhancing the view to the square. As a result, a partially covered open floor plan was proposed, which would accommodate different types of events such as parties, concerts, restaurants, bars, yoga, among others. Using material such
Landscaped with glass on four sides this allows light to the entertainment areas, gym and secondary bedrooms leaving more room upstairs for the rear yard and swimming pool The upper level contains the master and two additional bedrooms, living room, family, dining and kitchen.
It took passion, inspiration and meticulous work from some people who decided to unearth the destroyed homes and restore them to the old glory of Imerovigli to shine again, getting spectacular results.
In order to achieve this, a design was created that consisted of a solid plane that protects the residence from the southern heat, while the western face contains the villa’s private spaces—namely, the bedrooms. The remainder of the villa is divided into different spaces, which
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