By : RAKHI TAKLE | 06 Apr 2017 | Recent projects
Client’s Brief –
- Located at Entrance of Mango Orchard being developed for second homes
- The project should be supported in branding and services from this restaurant as it’s the first interface between potential buyers and project
- Functional and easy to maintain considering highway location away from urban areas
- Should allow a pleasurable ambiance where guests can relax in all seasons
Design Approach –
- Open planning allows guest to be part of the natural surroundings and connect with the greenery and natural landscapes
- Allows views of vistas from virtually all locations
- Maximizing natural lighting and ventilation
- Create the relaxed effect of a resort to allow respite to traveller
- Use concepts like formal restaurants to create a dramatic effect vis-a-vis the other highway restaurants.
- Open courtyard accessed from entrance Gazebo allows access to both wings of restaurant.
- Three separate sections can be utilized on basis of crowd movement as groups or individual guests.
- Modular planning considering sizes of all materials used. Eg. Roof sections and spaces allow use of entire length of MS section and under-deck e-boards
Form Follows function –
- Kitchen is placed centrally to allow easy service
- Toilet block accessible directly from parking area
- Multiple entrances planned to access restaurant from show entrance and also from guest utility area
- Both entrances allow the visitor to enjoy the structure and the open freshness of the courtyard and internal landscape
- Groups can be catered to by allocating either a section on the ground level or on first level.
- Large overhangs of Mangalore tiled roof to handle the large variations due to high summer temperatures and heavy monsoons
- Open windowless planning allows the space to be fresh and odor free always.
Site Relevance –
- Located in a rural area therefore planned to match local building styles
- Form and layout suited to local climate and seasons with connection to orchard.
- Free flowing wind and relevant locations for services reduce need of forced ventilation
- Courtyard landscape designed to collect roof run off water via channels in flooring towards central water court and from there further to ground water recharge
- All effluents treated in a plant based sewage treatment tank using indigenous plant species and outflow used for orchard irrigation
- Mangalore tiles are reused from old houses with Eboard and glass wool under-deck insulation.
- Skylight function as ventilators to aid exhaust of hot air.
- Specifically used earthy materials like Mangalore Tiles, Shahabad stone, Kota, Cuddapah, Jaisalmer stone and Grit to create seamless interplay of spaces. Exposed bricks, and metal frame structure.
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