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Dunhill Beach Resort

Agonda Beach, Goa, India
Context, Transparency, Natural Cooling,
Design Team -

Robert Verrijt + Shefali Balwani

Program -

6 beach Cabins in Agonda, Goa

Every winter Goa's beaches flood with tourists seeking a place to relax and enjoy a sense of the beauty within its virgin beaches. Permanent hotels are however are only allowed to be build a couple of hundred meters away from its beaches. Temporary huts are however allowed.  To accommodate free roaming adventurists who'd rather sleep on the beach then in a five star resort, a massive yearly construction activity of temporary beach huts takes place right before the tourism season.

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This generates an enormous amount of yearly construction waste. To avoid this, the beach cabins for Dunhill Beach Resort were designed in a system where every component could be disassembled and re-assembled again year after year.

As the attractiveness of the resort is the experience of the beach, these unique cabins are kept compact at 4 by 4.5 meters with basic facilities of a shower, basin, toilet and cupboard at the back, and the bedroom facing the beach view. The removable electrical wiring is incorporated in grooves in the timber columns and beams.  Unlike the other temporary shacks built and broken down after the tourist season, these structures are completely reusable without unsustainable material and labor waste.

They are clad on all sides with elegant timber screens with diagonally symmetrical corner details.  The structures, rather then generating the known notion of what a cabin should traditionally look like, appear as abstract objects scattered on the beach. This is emphasized even more at night when the gaps between the slats of the screens make the cabins appear like floating lanterns.

Cabin on beach amongst palm grove

Agonda Beach, south Goa

The Dunhill resort is located on a palm groove planted by the owners on a plot fronting the unspoilt beach of Agonda.

Designed in a system where every component could be disassembled and re-assembled again year after year.

The super structure is made of a light framework of locally available Sagwan timber of 100 x 50mm sections with demountable joints on a grid of 500 x 500mm.

A multilayered polycarbonate roofing sheet is fixed with a clip on system and reduces the weight to be supported on the framework.




Section detail

Elegant timber screens with diagonally symmetrical corner details

internal partition wall and the columns of the four poster bed reduce the span of the beam construction.

The framework is filled with a horizontal timber screen of tapered 60 x 20mm Fishtail palm sections around the attached shower and toilet

Reflection of beach - a double layer of glass and open timber screen around the bedroom.