KASHEER, NATHUAKHAN -
Manifestation of Memories
Brief Overview -Kasheer is a small residence in the foothills of the Kumaon Mountains. An intimate experience, the residence is a response to the user’s social and cultural needs. The residence through its design character is an extension to its surrounding. A modern interpretation of the vernacular architecture of the region, Kasheer depicts deep sensitivity to a context sensitive design.
Amidst the foothills of the Kumaon range in Uttarakhand, lies a small village Nathuakhan. At the zero point of the road, on a terrace of the mountain, surrounded by young apple tree stands Kasheer.
Recreation of Memories
Human beings are Nomads. With their caravans they carve out a journey for themselves. What is left are the memories made on the way. These subconsciously make people who they are, through their choices and responses.
The residence belongs to a small family originally from the valley of Kashmir. The images of their native place and its culture were deeply rooted in their memory. The land, its terrain, the people their house and the apple farm surrounding it were a part of their vivid memory of the place. The physical manifestation of these memories created their house ‘Kasheer’ which is a name for Kashmir.
Location : Nathuakhan, Uttarakhand
Project Area : 1000 sqft
Project Estimate : Rs 40 lakh
Completion : In progress
Site and its character
The site organically folds around the mountain in a convex turn capturing the panoramic visuals of the valley. Narrow and dramatic, the site in its curvilinear form creates zones of distinct character and orientation. The site was broken into parts with an integral function of each zone.
Locating the house on the site:
The house comprises of two units, the main unit and the caretakers cottage. The two have been kept in close vicinity connected by a central patio. The house is kept on the end of the site, firstly for restricting visibility for privacy and secondly to create informal spaces through the way to the residence.
A modern interpretation of traditional mountain architecture of India, Kasheer represents a contemporary outlook in its design and detail. Its form and materiality represents a context sensitive approach.
Scale depicting social character
The house is a small single family cottage
Visual Balance through materials
The building envelope is made of a combination of bricks and stone masonry working in a cohesive union. These heavy materials are balanced with the use of timber for roofing and projecting bay windows. This material palette of natural materials works in harmony with the surrounding.