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House in Macazana

One of our earliest projects, the Macazana House was designed back then when most of our clients were simple lay folks who wanted to build economically viable homes and weren’t too concerned about design inputs so long as the house was in tune with the times, functional and fit their budgets! So here we experimented with building using local laterite rubble which was far more economical than conventional coursed stone. The plot afforded fantastic views on all sides as it abutted low lying fields and the lake beyond on one side and a forest edge on the other. The layout was rather simple with a central dining space overlooking a courtyard with bedrooms and other spaces along its radiating arms. As with most people when it comes to making roofs, concrete was the only option as steel and metal sheets or the traditional mangalore tiles were easily looked down on. So here we used the traditional mud pots or matuls as fillers in the folded concrete slab and finished it off with waste ceramic tiles. The walls and the foundation were built in random rubble masonry and the internal walls and lintels with laterite stone on edge masonry. All the external walls had these large ms windows with coloured glass panes to let in light and facilitate views across the green expanse outside. The roof channels rain water into shallow pebble filled receptacles and helps in recharging the ground water.

Fact File:

Structural Engineer: M/s. Yogesh Bhobe

Built: 2001

Location: Macazana, Salcette, Goa

Area: 150 sq.m.

Cost: Rs. 7,50,000/sq.m.

Construction details: Load bearing structure, random rubble laterite walls and foundation, RCC filler slab roof with china mosaic finish.

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