House on the Lake Pavna, by SDM Architects

This contemporary house by SDM Architects on the hill is a real retreat for an urban family from Mumbai. The plot abuts the beautiful Pavna Lake which is close to Lonavala and Pune city making it one of the closest weekend destinations to Mumbai. The site slopes almost about 30 meters from the top end of the plot to the other end which makes one reach the edge of the lake.

Location: Pavna Lake, near Lonavala, Maharashtra

This contemporary house on the hill is a real retreat for an urban family from Mumbai. The plot abuts the beautiful Pavna Lake which is close to Lonavala and Pune city making it one of the closest weekend destinations to Mumbai. The site slopes almost about 30 meters from the top end of the plot to the other end which makes one reach the edge of the lake. Our client was interested in constructing a very open and minimal house with lots of avenues for a great view of the lake and the far-off mountains. As an architect, we were keen to cater to their wishes and also wanted to make the best use of the daunting slope / contoured hillside for our architectural design advantage. So the house designed doesn’t obviously sit on one level, but rather has been broken down into multiple levels, and they are done in an interesting manner so as to connect the different spaces with just a couple of steps through the garden or deck.

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