This is a project of our office that remained a proposal, but one that we found far too important to archive and forget. It was made for the Ambuja Neotia group on a property they had acquired in Digha very close to the beach.
It addressed issues of designing a resort in a coastal environment – in a hot humid climatic zone and inspired by local vernacular architecture of the area. The proposal, while emulating similar projects from Bali and the South East Asian region, also attempted to root itself to the context of the southern Bengal / Orissa border.
The masterplan was based keeping the functional aspects of operating a resort with single storey cottages and being able to service from a central facility. The cottages were designed to resemble village style huts from the exterior with a luxurious interior experience.
This response the context was based on a relatively detailed study made by the office studying the rural houseform of all the states in the Eastern Region of India – a study called ‘Purabhi’ also commissioned by Mr. Harsh Neotia of the Ambuja Neotia Group (we will blog the contents of that study in another post).
(Project Team: SPA Interns -Kshitij Agarwal, Rojan Thomas, Surabhi Kamboj, Nikita Verma)
Renders and Views developed for the Project
Below are views of the courtyard with the reception, restaurant, bar and spa areas designed around and opening onto it. The low rise buildings with timber detailing are reminiscent of a vernacular aesthetic.
Views of the interiors of the public spaces developed for the project with sloping roofs and minimalist furniture.