Pitched as having over 800 uses, the Palmyra Palm (or Borassus) is recognized as one of the most important trees in Cambodia and India. Earlier this year, Indian born architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai illustrated the ecological potential of the palm when he designed and built the beautiful Palmyra House. Constructed entirely from locally sourced and sustainably harvested palmyra, the home is sited on a working coconut plantation in the West Indian coastal town of Alibaug.
The two louvered wooden houses are made from dried and locally sourced Palmyra wood, encompass 3,000 square feet and are separated by a 25-foot-wide open court and pool. Their interiors are airy and open, allowing excellent ventilation in the the tropical climate. With Mumbai only 5km north, the Palmyra House is the perfect getaway from Indian city life.