K Residence by Matra Architects is an understated homage to the architectural vernacular of Udaipur that seeks to integrate contemporary design sensibilities with the historical urban ecology of the region. Composed of three interconnected pavilions clad in precast slabs of textured white concrete, the residence maximises the spectacular views of the lake and Aravalli mountains beyond. Featuring large windows, an interspersion of skylights and restrained, elegant interiors, the composition is defined by vast terraced gardens that display the owner’s extensive collection of sculptures.
Situated nine meters above the Fateh Sagar Lake, the tactility of the cladding is complemented by square columns that reference the detailing of the city’s marble buildings, temples and palaces. The three parallel, two-storey pavilions host varying layouts but have been optimised to best showcase the view and envelope the ethereal light at dusk and dawn.
The middle pavilion houses a vestibule that leads to the prayer room, a dining room and a family living room. The second floor hosts the master suite, with an adjoining study and balcony. The smallest pavilion is located to the right of this space, connected by a glass corridor. It is entirely comprised of a formal living room, flanked by covered and colonnaded verandahs that overlook the manicured gardenscapes. Above this is a deck with a plethora of seating and lounging options. The longest pavilion is situated at the rear, where the ground floor features an office and kitchen, as well as a two bedrooms. Two additional ensuite bedrooms as well as a semi-open terrace are located on the level above.