Location : Madurai
Client : Mr. Ram Murukesan, Director, Paramount Group
Category : Hospitality
Status : Completed (2018)
Spread over a sparsely vegetated dry terrain, the retreat was built as an architectural refuge, away from the consumerist lifestyle of the modern-day. The relationship is such that the built forms connect the landscape and the landscape connects the built forms as a flowing spatial experience. Simple structures disappear into the landscape, mastering the tranquil surrounding. The result is a harmonious balance between the clean, tropical lines of the architecture and the earthy tones and textures of the finishes echoing the Chettinad context, realized through PEB construction techniques.
Conceived in a tropical modernist style, the design of the retreat explored modernism and its cultural implications and created a unique, recognizable style of design. A unique amalgamation of the Modernist tendencies for open floor plans and stark decoration with iconic elements of Chettinad houses is achieved beholding the context of the temple city.
This project was conceived as a series of pavilions and verandas contained within a high surrounding boundary wall. Spaces with characteristic spatial qualities are carefully linked in order to take a beholder from the entry point, is a built environment onto a large landscaped area linking itself to a semi-built leisure space, culminating at a built leisure space.