Located outside of Mumbai on the Arabian Sea, Palmyra House was built as a refuge from the bustle of the busy city. The 3000 sq ft. house consists of two wooden louvered structures separated by a courtyard and pool, set inside of a functioning coconut plantation. Anchored to stone platforms, the structures overlook a network of wells and aqueducts that weave the site into an inhabitable whole. Living room, study and master bedroom are contained in the north volume, while the south volume contains the kitchen, dining, and guest bedrooms. Set in the plaza between the buildings, the pool provides a channel for swimming towards endless vistas of palm trees to the east and the sea to the west. (to find out more..)
Brilliant example of how modernism can be so rustic and natural.
images: http://studiomumbaiarchitects.blogspot.com/2007/12/palmyra-house.html http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/28/stunning-palmya-house-showcases-local-sustainable-materials/