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Mud House
Mud House
Mud House
Mud House
The one-acre site was a flat ground with existing 3-5 year old Eucalyptus trees as the only natural feature. The client was open to any experiment which leads to the efficient utilizations of resources and agreed to experiment with the use of mud as the material for construction and made available the agricultural land for the experiment. He wanted a construction made in a round shape for a 2 bedroom unit made from natural materials for meditative activities. He wanted the place to be used as a weekend resort away from the crowded city while at the same time being equipped with basic modern necessities.

A traditional mud builder from the Kutch area where mud houses have survived was sought out. The earth for the sun dried mud blocks for the walls was dug from the site itself while the thatch for the roof was locally purchased. Babul wood was used for the doors and windows. The chikni mitti (sticky clay) from Kutch, got by the artisans, was used in the decorative relief work, the mirror work and the storage units. The mirror work on the wall used to allow the openings to be kept small and decrease the heat gain at the same time increasing the light levels through internal reflection. The roof construction was in wood and bamboo. The crevices were filled with mud over which layers of thatch were laid in such a manner that rain water cannot seep in.

The retreat offers a visual treat at all times of the day or night. It offers an ambience of a simple rural setting in the exterior, a rich a textured blend of craftsmanship and innovative and creative ideas in the internal spaces, with a balance input of landscaped spaces co-existing with the eucalyptus trees.

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