M:OFA Studios finalized the design for the Aearth Resort to be built at Naggar, near Manali, Himachal pradesh. The project owned by ITM Universe group based out of Gwalior would be looked after by one of their Directors, Ms. Palak Singh.
The concept broadly laid out, as explained by the Design principal, Manish Gulati and his Senior Associate, Abhinav Chaudhary, draws its inspiration from the local architecture of manali with its use of slate walls, pine wood windows and sloping roofs. the project is divided in two parts; its cottages designed as biomorphic pods emulate ant hills on a slope whereas, the main resort building strikes a harmonic balance between the traditionally inspired architecture with an origamic roof unfolding all over it. The Main building that comprises of the reception lounge, the restaurant, art gallery with bar and the spa has been designed to build around the existing pine trees on site conspicuously carving an entrance between the existing tree cluster.
This approach very much similar to their other project, Hostel complex for NIFT campus at Kangra, Himachal Pradesh originates from M:OFA's need to preserve and respect the existing nature on site for all their projects. As stated clearly by Manish, "Nature was here before us...and will remain here even after us, we are just the temporary tenants who not only have to understand the importance of its elements but have to humbly respect them... as every touch of fresh breeze provided by mother nature here brings life to every ounce of this place."The reception block at the entrance level with its folded roof and a see thru facade provides a clear unobstructed view of the snow covered mountains and the lush green valley that form the panorama for the entire resort. The project is already under construction since April 2011 on site and its projected to be finished within next 18 months.