This all-glass villa in Goa designed by Tarun Tahiliani is your dream weekend home

JUL 30, 2018 | By Nitija Shastri
(L-R) Canvas in the dining room from the Great Eastern Home, Mumbai;Anti-absorbent fur carpet with a tropical design from Mirzapur;The sunken-pit seating area with locally sourced candles on the table ;Classical chandelier in modern laterite homes emulating traditional Goan homes;Frontal view of the pool gives an illusion of merging into the glistening backwaters.

Imagine settling in for the night underneath a translucent ceiling surrounded by green palms and unparalleled views of the star-studded sky. Nestled amidst lush greens and the backwaters of Nachinola in Goa, the 6,628 sq ft AIS Glass Villa — spread across a sprawling 17,000-sq ft plot of land — brings this city slicker’s dream to life.

Your eyes will be immediately drawn towards the contemporary yet elementary structure of the house. “We were inspired by design maestro Geoffrey Bawa’s style of tropical modernism,” says fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani who envisioned the 4BHK glass house with airy rooms with laterite walls, old wells and cluster of palm trees emulating the open courtyard homes of Goa. “The astounding fact is that the entire villa is built preserving an existing matured tree in the courtyard facing clear skies.” he adds.

“We have created innovative architecture that responds to climate and functionality in a modern way.” says Aditya Bhutani, COO, AIS Glasxperts who helped piece this vision. Wake up to quiet mornings as the UV protection glass blurs the harsh beams but lets soft rays in. You can enjoy your siestas thanks to the anti-burglary and noise-reduction system that dampens sound up to 42 decibels.

Enjoy post-card perfect views from the various seating areas in the villa, framed by the 23-foot-high ceiling in the living room and sunken pit seating designed on white mosaic flooring, which folds open to an eye-level view of the infinity pool as well as the backwaters. The dining area also doubles up as a game corner with card table sit-in area where you can have your evening tea as you listen to birdsong and gaze mindlessly at the trees. The house is beautifully manicured with locally sourced coconut lights and crystal chandeliers in the living and dining space, furniture made of accoya wood that blends perfectly with the laterite wall for a rustic, raw finish. But the pièce de résistance of this stunning villa is the infinity swimming pool, which appears to be floating over the pristine backwaters, giving you the perfect excuse to escape from the chaos of the city.