Cabin house, Karnataka, India

印度卡纳塔卡邦 小屋

Catapulted from an inclination to retreat from urban realities, The Cabin House swiftly transforms the pre-pandemic notion of our dwellings. Embracing a quiet reflection of modern lifestyle and vernacular nuances, the design for the 349sq m.(3800 sqft) plot has been developed from a simple brief of experiencing nature at close quarters.


「小屋」的誕生源於人們對於遠離城市現實的嚮往,它迅速改變了人們對居住的觀念。在 349 平方公尺(3800 平方英尺)的土地上,設計以近距離體驗自然為出發點,寧靜地反映現代生活方式和當地的細微差別。

Nestled in the lush greenery of South Bangalore, resides the one-bedroom weekend home for a family of three. One is immediately greeted by the large foliage of the jackfruit and mango trees, where the rectangular dwelling sits along the East-West axis.  The ground floor punctuates the rigid walls on the longer side to encompass 5m (18ft) pivoted doors on either side to blur the boundaries between the landscape and the residence.



The architecture of The Cabin House draws inspiration from simple forms and native bearings. The interior of the rectangular volume is broken effortlessly into a double-height living, dining and kitchen with a mezzanine floor on one end to accommodate the master bedroom. Earthy tones throughout the dwelling evoke the setting sun, whilst the starkness of the cement and warm tones of the furniture offer the required depth. Below the mezzanine is the washroom that features a cast in-situ island-concrete basin overlooking the landscape and a full-sized walk-in closet.



Influenced by the surrounding old-Bangalore homes, design elements that date back to vernacular homes are fused with the residence’s minimal design language – where spaces became opportunities for conversations. On a similar note, the main staircase of the house leading to the mezzanine serves a dual purpose – facilitates movement and lends opportunities for informal seating nooks like a katte to add elements of playfulness.



Guided by a cabin house's compactness and verdant nature, varied design elements are interwoven with a contemporary approach. An extended section from the main staircase-landing morphs into a built-in seating that wraps around the entire length of the dining space. The hierarchy of spaces sensitively addresses privacy through variations in levels and soft barriers of the landscape. For instance, a horizontal opening in the washroom allows the user to constantly have nature on the horizon, while offering the required privacy through its placement. Liberal volume shifts in the interiors from 5m ceilings in the living and dining, dynamically contrasts the 3m ceiling in the master-bedroom with a bay window niche overlooking the foliage of trees.



The landscape around is sculpted to imbibe nature into the dwelling; it also features a large gazebo that keeps in mind the client’s requirement to conduct small gatherings. The remarkable combination of neutrals breaks even with lustrous-terracotta that weaves throughout the entire dwelling. The cynosure of the design – highlighted in terracotta red color – is the archway that melds into the main staircase and further extends out to a seater.




Solidness of the large concrete roof is rendered lightweight through the introduction of wooden louvres and glass panes, allowing natural light to filter into the interiors. Inferring the katte design, the window sill on the exterior is lowered to invite people to sit by the window and enjoy the view of the large garden in front. While the exteriors exude boldness in form and function, the overall structure is perceived to be grounded in nature, with very little distinction between the boundaries of the two.



Harnessed by a desire to live amidst nature, The Cabin House redefines spaces of dialogue and a dwelling place. While being dictated by the existing order of things – the two trees – the placement of the dwelling consciously strives to blur the lines between nature and the built.




Principal Architects:Shalini chandrashekar·G.S.Mahaboob basha

Structural Engineering:Sigma consultants

Contractor:S.S. constructions

Character of Space:Modern with an essence of traditionality

Total Floor Area:103.94 ㎡

Building Area:190 ㎡

Site Area:380 ㎡

Principal Materials:Concrete·exposed cement finish·ash wood

Principal Structure:R.C.C

Location:bangalore, india

Project Photographer:Aaron Chapman


主要建築師:沙利尼·錢德拉謝卡 G.S·馬哈布·巴沙

結構工程:Sigma consultants

施工單位:S.S. constructions


空間總面積:103.94 平方公尺




主要結構: 鋼筋混凝土