Gallery: Palmyra House by Studio Mumbai


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.

+ Studio Mumbai

Via Architectural Record and Sub-Studio


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  1. nikhil juvekar June 28, 2010 at 2:49 am

    a sense of warmth and feel of local flavor can be seen via palmyra.

    Nikhil Juvekar

  2. ncarrimjee October 14, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Its absolutely fantastic!

  3. shukratara September 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    The town of Alibaug is on the west coast of India, not the east coast.

  4. G man September 8, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Excelent idea and work…… would love to own something like this…… keep up the good work….. Mumbai needs more of these ideas.

  5. BlueBerry September 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I love palm wood. It’s still pretty pricey but beautiful. Oh the house looks great too.

  6. theokobox September 6, 2008 at 9:02 am

    The way they light up at night is beautiful- more like a firefly in nature rather then something intrusive-. This website has the coolest eco building ideas!

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