Architect's Own Cottage; Koba; 1982-90
Built in the 1980’s it is a simple, minimal, quiet retreat on 6 acres of eroded land,with a commanding view of the river Sabarmati. It consists of 2 large rooms with octagonal ends– living/ dining/ curtained guest bed space/ bathroom/ kitchenette unit separated by a courtyard from another with bedroom/ bathroom/ tiny terrace. Construction is brick walls, wooden roof with clay tiles, traditional cowdung plastered walls & floors. The buildings are located away from the edge of the precipice overlooking the river, so that one is aware of the river but cannot see it without walking up to it. The layout and design were finalized on site using ‘The Pattern Language’ by Christopher Alexander.