Designed as a “retreat within retreat”, the 1,850 sqm spa block is a new “insert” at the a well known yoga retreat in India that offers new layers of spaces and experiences.
The main block disappears into the earth and is half submerged to connect to the isolating quality of the earth, with the light and air movement planned from a series of sunken courts. The approach to the main area slowly opens up a plethora of spaces which are programmatically planned to suit the smooth spatial transitions of the guests.
The spaces are further held together with a strong design language of hand-crafted jaali screens, solid wood doors and openings which merge the interior and exteriors, quite literally.
The landscape merges the geometry of network of the surrounding paths to form break-away spaces for the guests to lounge. These buffer zones create smooth transitions from the exterior, to semi covered spaces, and also offer a beautiful play of light.
Architects: The Purple Ink Studio
Design team: Akshay Heranjal, Aditi Pai, Jaikumar, Nishita Bhatia, Priyanka Bankapur
Area: 1,850 sqm