Shefali Balwani + Robert VerrijtSize -
6 HectaresProgram -
weekend homes, resort, boat houseClient -
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Strenghtening the existing ecosystem the design for a Resort in Vengurla recreates a waterscape with interconnected ponds and waterbodies around which homes are clustered as stilted pavilions. The site is located near this small fishers village behind Vengurla beach and is surrounded by a creek in the north and east 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 will include the ecological restoration of an existing lake and the development of 16 holiday homes and a boat house. The site is understood as a landscape in flux 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 as well as enrich the experience of a lush and rich landscape as a retreat from a busy urban life.
(visualisations by Haresh Haridas)