Many of the best site-sensitive homes are almost imperceptible in the landscape. Mumbai-based Architecture Brio's Riparian House is half-embedded in the earth, and it blends into its lush riverside landscape with a green roof. Located within the beautiful UNESCO-protected Western Ghats in Karjat near Mumbai, the Riparian House celebrates the landscape with its muted and complementary design.
Built as a weekend retreat, the 330-square-meter Riparian House sits on the banks of the River Ulhas. The green-roofed home is nearly undetectable from the approach on the east side but reveals itself through a large glazed facade and outdoor living areas at the river-facing side to the west. The strategic setup allows clients to enjoy beautiful views, from the Irshalgad hill fortress in the north to the sun setting over the river as it winds its way through the agricultural fields. Natural light pours through the mostly glazed facade fitted with galvanized steel mullioned windows.
The kitchen is located at the heart of the home and opens at the south to a combined living and dining room fronted with glass. The master bedroom and bathroom occupy the most desired space in the home with views to both the south and west overlooking the river. The Riparian House also includes a staff room, children’s room, guest bedroom, an accessible green roof, and a veranda with bamboo screens that wraps around three sides of the home and extends into an outdoor patio.
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