Experience a home in the hills with this duplex villa crafted by Earthitects at the Evolve Back resort in Coorg
JUL 6, 2022 | By Sneha Gandhi
Come monsoon, the urge to escape into the warm embrace of nature is paramount. Afternoons drag on with endless scrolling through social media, virtually soaking in the surreal beauty of holiday hotspots hoping to zero in on one soon. One such discovery led us to the recent villa addition in the Evolve Back resort in Coorg crafted by Earthitects.
Named after the tranquil lily ponds in its 2,000 sq ft expanse, The Lily Pool Duplex Villa by Earthitects celebrates the lifestyle of a planter and the best of the Kodava Ainmane architecture—ancestral mud-walled, thatched houses with terracotta tiled floors and hardwood furniture.
“The Lily Pond around the pool serves as an ecosystem in itself as a lot of fish and organisms thrive in it. In the evenings, one can hear the sounds of the cicadas, frogs, and other creatures echoing at the doorstep. Since the property facilitates the conservation of endemic flora and fauna, one can also spot a variety of rare birds and creatures like the Indian Giant squirrel from the balcony,” reveals the studio.
Design details to know…
Nestled amidst the soothing views of a private lake, the rolling coffee plantations and rice fields, the opulent villa offers privacy and seclusion.
It was conceived with a distinctive requirement: a wholesome abode for not just individuals, but a family. Designating spaces into private for adults and playful for kids, the duplex bungalow offers the additional advantage of breathtaking views from both ground and elevated balcony level.
The villa is most serene during monsoon enabling its patrons to enjoy a quiet drizzle through the clay tile-roofed verandah. “Our design philosophy would be going back to the roots and being one with the nature and spirit of the land. Every inch of the space with its tiny details stays true to our philosophy,” assert Earthitects
Hop on and tour this villa in Coorg…
Cocooned in a warm blanket of wooden planks and lustrous red oxide floor, the Lily Pool Duplex villa houses Kodava-style furniture, traditional columns and ceiling scrupulously crafted by the studio’s craftsmen.
The living and dining space on the ground floor are dotted with movable antique furniture that can be easily repositioned. The first floor houses an expansive bedroom and bath spilling onto a balcony. The Earthitects signature bay windows pose as reading nooks.
The bedroom ceiling lights are an ingenious combination of innovation and craft stimulating an old world aura when lit up. “Strategically placed spotlights on the lower part of the rafters throw diffused light upwards highlighting the grains and natural texture of the ceiling wooden planks. This creates a diya kind of effect,” divulges the studio.
The soul of the holiday home though, is ‘The Pool Deck’. A stepping pavement leads one from the surreal lily pond to the infinity pool overlooking the magnificent beauty of the plantations beyond. To facilitate a private dining setting by the pool, the strategic layout allows a separate service entry for the hospitality team.
Upgrading the built environment with modern amenities, the studio introduces cast iron clawfoot bathtub, study tables and large glass sliding doors and windows to immerse in the blissful experience.
We love the colours and materials here!
Seamlessly blending with its surroundings, the mood palette includes rustic tones of rosewood, teakwood, clay roof tiles and red oxide floors along with cool greys of stone and handmade pool tiles accentuated by a warmer fabric and linen colour scheme. Thoughtfully placed green accents bind the interior and exterior.
Anchored in antique light fixtures, custom-designed jute and raw silk lampshades are a unique design highlight rendering a warm glow.
Not just serene, but sustainable too…
The studio employs a dry waste management system along with other measures including in situ catchments, percolation ponds, rooftop runoffs and a Sewage Treatment Plant. Collectively, the recycled water is utilised in public areas, vehicle washing and landscaping.
“All our guest rooms are designed with in-built Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems that deliver high-quality drinking water. This has helped to keep around 150,000 units of drinking water bottles annually from entering our waste stream. The villa adheres to Responsible Tourism by no negative impact on the environment,” conclude Earthitects.
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