Kokum House
Aldona, Goa

The site, after reducing the footprint to accommodate an orchard was left with a footprint of about 9 x 12 meters. The challenge was to create space for 5 bedrooms, a prep-kitchen and a living-dining-lounge area within this tight footprint. It was also desirable to capture the beautiful orchard to the east – a wild garden with fruit trees and frequenting birds.

In a simple grid of three meters, a vertical atrium – is carved out – a second skin that enables the private spaces of the house to open into the public space. The forgiving climate of Goa enabled us to extend the verandah into a seamless indoor-outdoor space. The steel and glass skin helps create an indoor environment. The combination of polished cement floors, painted laterite walls and timber furniture renders a monolithic material idea across all internal spaces. The garden has slowly taken over.


Collaborative Project with Pradeep Kodikara and Jineshi Samaraweera; ZOWA Architects, Sri Lanka.

Project Type: Residential 
Client: Vikrom Mathur
Engineer: Rahul Deshpande, RDA, Goa
Civil Contractor: Santosh Kolar
Aluminium Contractor: Girish Sanvordekar, Alpha-Tech Glazing
Master-Mason: Kothandan Enba
Year of Initiation: 2015
Year of Completion: 2019
Location: Quitla, Aldona, Goa
Design Team: Rishiraj Sarkar, Ranganathan Ravi, Ruturaj Parikh
Site Area: 920 Sq M
Built-Up Area: 270 Sq M
Status: Complete
Images: Studio Matter
Photography: Rishul Bangar, Aradhana Seth, Vikrom Mathur and Studio Matter