The design team from M:OFA Studios architecture practice came up with a resort in the district of Nainital in India, right next to the Jim Corbett National Reserve.
The architects intent is to offer a residential accommodation complex in a contemporary design with the emphasis on living in close contact with nature. So, the project’s manifesto became the changing of the seasons, the variation of natural light through the day along with other ideas based on the Zen philosophy .
The residential facilities are integrated into a park with landscaped gardens and green lawns, which tourists use as practical testing grounds, and the complex also includes a farm, complete with animals. The choice of using locally sourced stone and traditional building techniques for the construction is a response to the need to integrate the buildings into the natural surroundings and at the same time creates ties with local, traditional trades. The resort pursues sustainability principles at every level – from the materials used in the buildings, to the furnishings, and even the locally grown, organically farmed ingredients used for the food .
Project: M:OFA Studios - (principal architect) Manish Gulati, (principal planner) Tanushree Gulati, (design team) Sebastian Peter, Priyanka Mahajan, Richa Gupta.
Location: Ramnagar (Nainital), India
Images courtesy of M:OFA Studios, ph.Dev Singh, Mridul Sharma