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Sushanti at Roots, Dahanu

"The challenge in this project was to use load-bearing construction, yet make the house light in its presence - like two butterflies perched on the soil." Says Jude D'Souza of hydraPOD architecture + allied, architect of Sushanti.

By: hydraPOD architecture + allied

Architecture-Page | Sushanti at Roots, Dahanu by hydraPOD architecture + allied
Evening view of living space and attached 'otla'.

Project details

  • Project Name: Sushanti
  • Client: Lincoln and Agnes D'Souza
  • Project Type: Residential Architecture
  • Principal Designer: Jude D'Souza
  • Contractors: Pandhari, Sinhasan Prajapati
  • Date of commencement of project: July 2004
  • Date of completion of project: June 2005
  • Location of site: Maharashtra, India
  • Built-up Area: 650 square feet
  • Cost of Construction/Execution: US$ 8,500

Architecture-Page | Sushanti at Roots, Dahanu by hydraPOD architecture + allied
Frontal view of extension, with old house to left.

Words from the architect

The extension to my parents' farmhouse at the Roots farm in Dahanu, India, involved recycling elements from an older house, respecting the Spartan ethic of the original, modest two-room house, and utilizing limited resources and local building skills to form a home that would be open to all, and remain intermeshed with the farm, as my father's life was.

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