The villa was originally built in the early 19th century and is located on the banks of the Mandovi River in Goa, India. The approximately 8300 sqft plot was purchased by a young industrialist and his wife with a desire to convert the dilapidated structure into a luxury riverside residence. Thus the design brief entailed retaining as much of the original structure as possible and adding a new wing as an extension. The exterior of the old house has been meticulously restored to its original character involving extensive research on the building style of the period. Rather than emulating the design style of the original villa for the new wing, it follows a contemporary design language so that a degree of lightness and modernity is introduced into the house. The intent was to create an interesting aesthetic with the juxtaposition of new against the old. The villa has an unassuming entrance off a main road through the original structure and it slowly unfolds gradually increasing in transparency as one moves through the house closer to the river. The interior design includes a blend of modern furniture and found pieces. Careful planning and craft have produced a house that has both, the nostalgia of the past, and the practicality of the present.
Photo credits- Harshan Thomson