In an attempt to help engage with the natural surroundings by keeping the rural context and availability of resources in mind, the Seclude Red Cedar Cottage, a project with a vision was created. The design of the cottage approaches the concept of green buildings by integrating the already existing landscape and using locally available resources, to minimize its impact on the surrounding environment. The project is an example of exploration beyond the contemporary understanding of green buildings, which is currently limited to the use of technology as dictated by standards and certifications. With an accommodation of one room, the cottage is located in a secluded area amidst the hillocks of Palampur. The design of the structure was devised so as to blend in with the context. With the change in weather, the view from the site changes dramatically, and for this purpose the design required to be more outward looking, allowing one to experience the surrounding plains and the distant mountains in its entirety. The location of the cottage necessitated the structure to be a peaceful haven for those seeking the tranquility of nature, the site being the destination and refuge. Moreover, the isolation and inaccessibility of the area compelled the use of locally available resources resulting in the utilization of the site and its surroundings to their complete potential. The design of the cottage is guided by the specific characteristics of the landscape itself resulting in a harmonious relation between the two. Organic and local techniques were used in the development of this project, based on decisions taken on the site itself and also keeping in view the resources available. The practices of the local community were taken into consideration, which meant that excessive hours were spent engaging with the site itself rather than restricting the project within the four walls of the studio. The process of designing involved a series of workshops with the clients, masons as well as the proximate environment to help bring about the most relevant outcome. This allowed for flexible decisions being taken on site regarding materials and construction techniques. Experimentation with bamboo, and wood was carried out to test the better-suited material. These sessions were productive, as it was discovered that a machine for soil-compressed bricks was available locally and thus low cost methods were discussed and initiated with time. The process and outcome has been excellently reflected in the use of mud and wood for the Red Cedar cottage. The presence of an existing tree on site gave this cottage the name Red Cedar, and the design a guiding principle of incorporating the tree within, envisioning it to grow and become a part of the built environment. Moreover, elements like the glass skylight allows the intangible realm, the sky, to contribute to the space and provide a calm environment. Sustainability pertains to addressing socio-cultural, environmental and economic aspects. Sustainable communities are formed when various factors are approached and developed through relevant means. Projects should thus strive to create built environment, which is sustainable for the community, as well as the nature. This is a factor evident in this project formulated to create a well-balanced relationship with the immediate landscape letting one experience the calming joy of sitting in the lap of nature.