Architect Visit: A Louvered Beach House on the Arabian Sea by

Issue 94 · Handyman Special · October 16, 2013

Architect Visit: A Louvered Beach House on the Arabian Sea

Issue 94 · Handyman Special · October 16, 2013

Built on a coconut plantation outside of Mumbai, India, on the Arabian Sea, Studio Mumbai’s Palmyra House is a place of refuge, not only from the city, but also from people (houseguests possibly included). The 3,000 square foot setup is split into two wooden louvered structures, each constructed using local traditional methods and wood. One building contains the living room, study, and master bedroom; the other houses the kitchen, dining room, and guest bedrooms. And should the occupants be feeling convivial, there's a long, thin pool, perfect for swims together while sharing the expansive views out to the sea.

Unless otherwise noted, photography by Helene Binet via ArchDaily.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India, Helene Binet | Remodelista

Above: The house is nestled in a grove of palm trees. Its extensive louvers were handcrafted from the outer part of the Palmyra, a local palm species.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India | Remodelista

Above: Situated between the structures, the long, thin pool divides the two houses yet also works as the connection that joins together the overall design. Photo via The Contemporist

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India | Remodelista

Above: The living room looks across to the dining room through open folding louvered doors. Both houses are built on stone plinths made from locally quarried black basalt. Photo via The Contemporist

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India | Remodelista

Above: Interior surfaces are finished with teak and India Patent Stone, a refined pigmented plaster. Photo via The Contemporist

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India, Helene Binet | Remodelista

Above: Both houses have interior balconies that overlook the double-height volume of the public spaces. 

Above: The pigment plaster wall is finished with wood trim.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India, Stairs, Helene Binet | Remodelista

Above: Sunlight from a window on the landing illuminates the stairwell.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India, Helene Binet | Remodelista

Above: Sleeping with the sounds and breezes from the ocean through the louvers is akin to having one of our all-time favorite setups, a sleeping porch.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India | Remodelista

Above: The louvers in the bathroom are closed for privacy. Photo via The Contemporist

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India | Remodelista

Above: The bathing area offers the choice of views or privacy.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India, Helene Binet | Remodelista

Above: The louvers have a transparency that integrates to its natural setting.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India, Helene Binet | Remodelista

Above: The flashing on the exterior is constructed from hand-worked copper.

Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India | Remodelista

Above: Lit at night, the louvered construction has a skeletal quality. 

  Studio Mumbai, Palmyra House, Ground Floor Plan, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India | Remodelista

Above: The plan of the two structures with the pool running down the middle. 

Pigmented plaster walls have a rich texture.  See how they can be created in Required Reading: Building with Cob and Using Natural Finishes.

For more dream houses, browse our Architect Visit gallery. 



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