Project:Manualaya Resort
Location:Himachal Pradesh
Area:24280 Sq.Mt.
Design Team:Manan Gupta, Vinod Narkar, Siddhant Priya, Abhijit Bagade, Abhijit Purohit, Vinay Shiposkar.
Lightness of the Vernacular Our ideas for this project were based on an urge to link site conditions to ecological and cultural contexts by use of materials and formal compositions. We have tried to catalyze the design process through negotiation between traditional craft, local material modernity. To mitigate threats from Earthquakes local materials and techniques of horizontal timber members within load bearing masonry walls were incorporated while low-cost solutions of waste slate chips from quarries re-enforced with rebar was used to articulate structural and nonstructural elements. The refurbished guest rooms were supplemented with new balconies tucked under skewed pitched roofs orienting guests towards the Himalayan panorama. The forms of fixtures like bathtubs and washbasins echo local detailing of sunken bathing ponds in the nearby Vashisht temple and its specific gargoyle features as a conduit for water.