The House Cast in Liquid Stone

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The House Cast in Liquid Stone

A second home on a rocky outcrop at the start of the western ghats (highlands),Khopoli, in Maharashtra, India. An area of high precipitation in the monsoons, and equal heat during the summers, the site changes remarkably from March to July, with the onset of the south westerly monsoons. Basalt the local black rock of the region is what this site was about.

Many goals were set during the designing phase; the main aim of the renovation works was to rehabilitate the building with respect to aesthetic standards. A fundamental intention was to emphasize a preserved chimney as an old industrial element. The interior floor plans have been opened up to create a sequence of more flexible spaces that are susceptible to contemporary patterns. The scheme is based on choosing materials that reflects the simplicity in design.

In order to insure outside –inside connection, Windows leading to Kamarytova St. were broken through and new shop windows and an entrance were made. The unifying color of the exterior is black with gold complements on windows and “black” metal, which will continuously corrode to reach certain patina.

The interior walls were repaired by “common” exposed concrete blocks with air space in between that provide ventilation to remove moisture where it is produced. Additional “black”  metal sheets were used for flanging new and existing openings.

Today, the building is divided horizontally, by floors, according to different functional programs. It also includes a small café with a gallery. The 2nd floor can be used for offices or light production and the attic is ready either for offices or loft housing. A scheme introducing a vision with possible superstructures and functional densification of the whole inner block has been created for the whole premises.

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