Nirvana Farmhouse by Put Your Hands Together is a rustic retreat on the outskirts of Mumbai that is definitively contextual, perfectly integrating its environment in terms of form and materiality. Featuring an unostentatious and understated interior concept that overlooks approximately two acres of farmland and an abutting, functionally landscaped garden, the 3000 sq ft home is sustainable and unmistakably vernacular. Recycled and restored furnishings, a foundation composed of regionally-sourced black basalt, and a roof crafted from Mangalore tiles within a metal framework and insulated by pinewood, are some of the noteworthy architectural interventions. Limestone flooring and oxidised surfaces are faultless complements to the open living spaces.
Opting for stabilised earth blocks over rammed earth for the 12” thick walls of the residence, the architects have further ensured that climatic conditions such as extreme temperatures and torrential rainfall have been addressed. Conceived in a traditional spatial arrangement, where living spaces are circumambient to an open courtyard, there is an abundance of natural light and cross ventilation throughout the home. This is further facilitated by open verandahs. Solid teak wood for the louvered and panelled openings and shutters is an aesthetic yet practical decor intervention.
Another unique aspect of the farmhouse is that the architecture of spaces was often dictated by the varying dimensions of salvaged and upcycled furnishings from the ‘chor bazaar’ and other dilapidated residences. A majority of the led lighting fixtures have been refurbished from old ships and homes of the region as well. The natural and artificial light are also accentuated by mirror polished, oxidised surfaces.