Strenghtening the existing ecosystem the Wetland Resort in Vengurla recreates a waterscape with interconnected ponds and waterbodies around which homes are clustered as stilted pavilions. The site is located near a small fishers village behind Vengurla beach. On the North and East it is surrounded by a creek and water landscapes on the other sides.
The creek was once the landing place for the Dutch where they restocked their ships in their battles with the Portuguese. A 17th century warehouse stands witness to the Dutch activities.
The development of the 6 hectares site on the southern bank of the creek includes the ecological restoration of an existing lake. Five more waterbodies are created to accommodate 16 holiday homes and a boat house. The site is understood as a landscape in flux, changing over the centuries, eventually destined to become an ideal spot for eco-tourism.
Renewing the strength of the wetlands surrounding the creek and its diversity as a living ecosystem will promote riparian habitat for migrating birds and endangered wildlife. Additionally it will enrich the experience of a lush and rich landscape as a retreat from a busy urban life.
(visualisations by Haresh Haridas)
Waikiki Wetland Resort
Vengurla, Maharashtra, India
Residential, Landscape, Hospitality
Weekend homes, resort, boat house
Speculative representation of a landscape in flux over the centuries.
the Vengurla Creek
In the masterplan, individual villas are situated around several water bodies, forming an interconnected eco system with the recreational lake and creek
Stilted pavilions on the edge of a pond
View of the entrance courtyard. A concrete finished boardwalk leads to the Living Room Pavilion
the living room pavilion floats on top of the laterite masonry wall
The Massage Pavilion and Bedroom Pavilion are stilted pavilions situated partly on land, partly on water
View of the dining room overlooking the pool
Interior view of the living room by the pool
The Family Room overlooks the surrounding landscape from the first floor level behind openable slatted screens
the Master Bathroom opens up into a private courtyard
at night the pavilions are subtly lit up, appearing as floating lanterns