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Contemporary Architecture In India

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? – 2009



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Valpoi, Goa

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October 23rd, 2020

Think Tank Retreat Change this

Valpoi, Goa, India
by Rahul Mehrotra Change this

Think Tank Retreat, RMA Architects, 2009. © Rajesh Vora.

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Located in the verdant environs of eastern Goa, the Think Tank Retreat is designed by architect Rahul Mehrotra's firm RMA Architects. It is omposed of eight living units and an alternate health centre. The ancillary programs of the health centre (massage rooms, a conference facility and kitchen) are conceived as independent boxes that are integrated on a common plinth under a large clay tile roof. The terraces of each of these separate boxes are also accessible and serve as useable covered spaces for informal meetings, yoga, and meditation.

Natural cross ventilation, built in insulation through the double roof and concerns of the building weathering gracefully with minimal maintenance in the tropical climate of Goa were the central concerns in the design strategy. In addition the use of local materials for the primary building elements: laterite walls (quarried within a 5 km radius of the site) and the clay tiles ( made locally) for the roof localize and extend the indigenous building traditions in the locality.



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