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La casa in pietra liquida

Spasm Design Architecture

Asia | Khopoli

In the Indian state of Maharashtra, a refined and elegant holiday home seems to rise like a gemmation from the rocky outcrop on which it sits overlooking the valley below. Rugged materials - a mix of smoothed reinforced concrete and granular basalt - are a key feature of the programme, turning the building into another “natural” feature of the basalt stone landscape, a cast version of existing natural forms. In addition, the thermal inertia of the unrendered reinforced concrete makes the house perfectly adapted to the region’s extreme climate: monsoons from March to July, with the subsequent explosion of luxuriant vegetation, followed by oppressive summer heat. The materiality of the construction is further reinforced by the contrast between the concrete structure and the natural black stone floors and staircase leading to a roof terrace bordered with a dark mosaic...

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