The Lanja House, designed by Articulated Design Initiative (ADI), is a stunning example of an ancestral home that seamlessly integrates with its serene surroundings in the rural farmlands of Ratnagiri. The primary objective of the project was to create a space that evokes childhood nostalgia while staying within a limited budget.
Spanning an area of 1100 sq. ft., the house was built using a composite load-bearing construction technique on a foundation of laterite stone. This approach not only minimized damage to the fertile soil but also utilized locally available materials that are well-suited for the region’s extreme climate conditions. Most notably, the walls predominantly feature locally sourced laterite stone, while an RCC beam supports the MS roof structure and Mangalore tiles.
The house is strategically positioned to frame the lush foliage outside, providing a picturesque view from its elevated vantage point. Its east-west orientation ensures that the living area benefits from an abundance of morning sunlight, courtesy of clearstory windows along the eastern side. Additionally, large window openings and high ceilings promote cross-ventilation and create an open and spacious atmosphere.
One of the notable design elements of the Lanja House is the contemporary interpretation of traditional materials. The exposed laterite finish lends a natural and rustic backdrop to the home. Moreover, the architects prioritized sustainability by preserving every single tree on the site, ensuring minimal disturbance to the environment.
Inside, the architectural expression extends to the interior detailing. The combination of locally sourced teak wood furniture, modern furnishing elements, and carefully curated artwork enhances the overall ambiance of the house.
The Lanja House beautifully demonstrates how traditional elements can be integrated with modern design principles to create a harmonious living space. Its budget-friendly construction and sensitivity to the environment make it a truly admirable architectural feat.
– Vaibhav Kapdi Photography