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Beautiful Buildings Around The World Part 3 - Drift House on Little Much Farm

Beautiful Buildings Around The World Part 3 - Drift House on Little Much Farm

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I came across this amazing house recently and fell in love.  It's on a hill side overlooking the Sahyadri hills of Mulshi and its lake, in Little Much Farm in  Nandivali, India.  The house was designed by Shonan Purie Trehan of  Language.Architecture.Body (LAB).


The site has many view points and extreme weather conditions, the design of the roof provides shelter from the harsh sun and monsoon rains.  Three mono pitch steel roofs slant in different directions and float above the exterior and interior spaces.  A ship building fabrication team built the steel structure on site.  Exposed concrete columns hold up the roof planes and allow for large roof overhangs to shelter the deck and interior spaces.


Three distinct blocks are constructed along the slope of the hill keeping the number of retaining walls to a minimum.  The central block is double volume and connects to the upper floor of the western block and the lower floor of the eastern block.  The blocks are tied together by a deck which is on the first floor of one block, the ground floor of another and then the garden and the entry ramp. 


The interiors are just as spectacular as the exteriors - notice how the triangular trusses are celebrated rather than being hidden behind ceiling board.  In this house angles (and triangles) are celebrated!


I love the slide next to the staircase - big enough for adults indulging their inner child...




Drift House is a spectacular building and I look forward to seeing more of Shonan Purie Trehan and LAB's work.

Photos by Sebastian Zacharia

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I love Architecture. I think it's vital to talk about all aspects of Architecture - whether it be planning, construction, design or green building. I have written 3 E-Books & over 110 articles. Please feel free to let me know if you have any queries regarding architecture, planning & construction & I will assist you.

I am originally from the UK and moved to South Africa in 1999.  I started Blue Designs in 2004 after working as a driver for Avalon Construction on a luxury home in the Featherbrook Estate.  In my spare time I am an artist and writer (The Naked Architect).

Call Claire +27 82 399 0180 / +27 66 232 3676 (Whatsapp) 

Other Articles I have written include :-

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Considering Buying or Renovating a Heritage Home?  Pros and Cons

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Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #5

I thought the slide was great as well Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I love the fact that it's also adult sized, I know for a fact that walking down the stairs in this house would be a rare occurrence ! The angles and the shape of the roof (plus the fact that it (and the structural beams) were highlighted in the interiors was a definite plus for me too!

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #4

Me too Jim Murray - there are very few houses or interiors that I see that I think I would not change anything here (that is apart from adding a few personal items). A feature on Shona Purie Trehan is on the cards!

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #2

Thank you for the share !

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #1

I loved it too Chris \ud83d\udc1d Guest - there aren't many houses where I loved each picture featured both exterior and interior - Shona Purie Trehan is one talented lady!

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