In the tranquil embrace of the Tarai flatlands, where the borders of Nepal meet the foothills of Kumaon, lies a sanctuary of architectural brilliance curated by the unassuming yet visionary couple, Harish and his wife. Their humble abode, a testament to simplicity and ancient wisdom, was conceived not merely as a dwelling but as a harmonious integration of tradition, innovation, and sustainability.

Project Name: Colors
Studio Name: IDIEQ (International Design Imagineering and Environmental Quorum)
Firm Location: Haldwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India – 263139
Area: 2000 sqft (On Ground)
Project Location:Khatima, Uttarakhand
Principal/Lead Architect: Saubhagya
Photo Credits: Samridhi

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Harish’s requirements were modest: walls, a roof, and a steadfast adherence to ancient Indian Vaastu Vidya principles. However, architects saw an opportunity to blend tradition with contemporary design amidst the backdrop of this remote sanctuary.

Inspired by a cruise ship, the building not only reflects the client’s personal fondness for such vessels but also integrates intricate functionalities akin to those found on board. This unique concept transforms the structure into more than just a conventional building—it becomes an experiential journey. The design features terraces reminiscent of decks, offering panoramic views and opportunities for relaxation and socialization. Staircases are reimagined as gangways, facilitating movement and circulation throughout the space while surrounding sea of greens add to the maritime ambiance.

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As one approaches the site, the landscape unfolds, revealing nature’s harmony intertwined with human intervention.

The project’s journey was not without hurdles. Architects navigated the client’s modest requests and unforeseen construction deviations, transforming challenges into opportunities. Embracing precast concrete techniques and Ferro-cement innovations, architects drew inspiration from architectural luminaries to redefine design norms.

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Initially considering stone as the primary building material, a shift towards exposed brickwork emerged, emphasizing harmony with the surrounding vernacular while departing from conventional concrete-dominated structures. However, the decision was reconsidered due to practical concerns such as heavy winds carrying husk from nearby fields, necessitating a smooth, reflective exterior surface to minimize debris accumulation, and also to reflect back the heat. This iterative process exemplifies the intricate interplay between client expectations, site context, and material suitability, underscoring the multifaceted nature of architectural decision-making.

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In pursuit of sustainable and cost-effective construction, the project embraced alternative materials and methods while addressing environmental imperatives. Foregoing reinforced concrete in favor of precast concrete techniques, the design aimed to mitigate the environmental impact associated with conventional construction practices. Additionally, the integration of passive natural ventilation systems, waste segregation protocols, and solar panel installations underscored a commitment to environmental stewardship. Emphasizing resource efficiency and local empowerment, the project sourced materials and labor within a 20-kilometer radius, fostering economic opportunities while minimizing carbon footprint. This holistic approach not only reflects a conscientious response to global environmental challenges but also underscores the architect’s role as a catalyst for sustainable innovation within the built environment.

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At its essence, Colors embodies a delicate balance between form and function, tradition and modernity. From precise structural elements to strategic window placement for optimal ventilation and light, every opening has a purpose, weather its for light, ventilation, or to look out.

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Crafted with a fusion of architectural poetry and green engineering pragmatism, the home fosters a profound connection with its surroundings. As one wanders through its pristine white corridors, adorned with intricate details, it becomes clear that Harish’s abode is more than mere shelter—it is a celebration of human spirit and architectural innovation.


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