Stone Lodges – Private Residences, at Wayanad, Kerala, by Earthitects | George E. Ramapuram

Stone Lodges - Private Residences are spread across a forested hillside. Built on sloping land on the side of a mountain, they are inspired by the grammar of Mountain Lodges and the native design aesthetic. - Earthitects

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Stone Lodges - Private Residences, at Wayanad, Kerala, by Earthitects | George E. Ramapuram 

 

Brief Description of Project

Stone Lodges – Private Residences are spread across a forested hillside. Built on sloping land on the side of a mountain, they are inspired by the grammar of Mountain Lodges and the native design aesthetic.

With sheer simplicity and understated elegance, each villa intertwines harmoniously with the mountain on three distinct levels and blends seamlessly into the natural landscape. Staying true to our philosophy, the materials used are natural, with wooden flooring, random-rubble walls, cobblestone pathways, and log rafters.

Showcasing a joyous interplay of stone and wood, the villas are hidden amongst dense foliage and designed with unique elements, keeping sustainability and innovation in mind. Every bit is finely nuanced bespeaking a luxurious yet environmentally responsible aesthetic – A Collectible that ages graciously!

 

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Reverse Urbanization:

We believe that the “future of living” is our visionary philosophy of “Reverse Urbanization” as we are passionate about pioneering, creating and constantly innovating a positive change in the way people live.The advent of ultra high-speed Internet, the ability to now work from anywhere in the world, and the abundant availability of conveniences for everyday living has led us to pioneer this new philosophy in living, that we call ‘Reverse Urbanization’.

With the ever-growing cities, many are considering making such oases of calm, their home. A home amidst nature is what we were meant to live in as people are burned out from their regular lives and require a sabbatical in tranquil locations.Focused on living in harmony with nature, we want to change the way people live by bringing a new dimension to luxury with the essence of the wilderness in every square foot.

 

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A Second Home:

There is now, more than ever, a need for balance and a longing for man to reconnect with nature – A longing fulfilled by the establishment of a Second home located at the lap of nature and a place to nurture one’s hobbies like Photography, Organic Farming, Gardening, Birding, Trekking and more.” We wanted to provide this ‘Second Life’ for our owners – A life that would be One with Nature!

 

Natural Life:

Natural Life is about re-establishing the revealing experience of connecting with both oneself and the natural environment – a relationship that has been severed by our modern, urban-centric lifestyles and changes in the way of life brought about by today’s work culture. We re-imagined the experience of everyday living by allying with Mother Earth in designing and creating dwellings that are in harmony with oneself and the natural environment, dwellings that facilitate ‘Natural Life’.

 

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Values of the Land:

Rooted in the values of the land, we believe that every dwelling should blend seamlessly into its natural habitat and emanate from the very earth that binds us all, staying true to our philosophy by creating ‘around’ nature rather than ‘on’ it. This has been the light that has guided us in any design journey we embarked on like the design of the globally acclaimed Evolve Back Resorts and while envisioning Stone Lodges – Private Residences.

Focused on designing spaces that are “One with Nature” we wanted to change the way people live. Our journey has culminated in every space envisioned and crafted, thus achieving the truest form of spaces and blending seamlessly with the greatest design to exist – Nature. By adopting the native design sensibilities of the land, our villas bespeak the ‘Spirit of the Land’ and is a blend of mountain and manor.

 

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Location of the project:

Wayanad, sun-kissed by the clouds and beloved of the Gods, is an emotion waiting to be experienced. The luxury villas of Stone Lodges, located in the mountains of Wayanad offer you peace and tranquility while keeping you close to the amenities you’d require, and the experiential places you will enjoy.

 

Characteristics of Stone Lodges

 

  1. Unique Design

The design of Stone Lodges is inspired by the grammar of Mountain Lodges and the native design aesthetic. The villas are hidden amongst dense foliage and designed with unique elements, keeping sustainability and innovation in mind. Every bit is finely nuanced bespeaking a luxurious yet environmentally responsible aesthetic – A Collectible that ages graciously!

  1. Providing a Second Life.

The concept of Second Living is rooted in man’s need for balance – between the urban and the rural, between work and life. With the changes in lifestyle brought about by today’s work culture, this need for balance is manifesting itself in a longing for a man to reconnect with nature. We wanted to provide this ‘Second Life’ for our owners by the establishment of a Second Home at the lap of nature – A place to nurture hobbies like Photography, Organic Farming, Gardening, Birding, and Trekking.

  1. A Home that is ‘One with Nature’.

We re-imagined the experience of everyday living by allying with Mother Earth in designing and creating dwellings that are in harmony with oneself and the natural environment, dwellings that facilitate ‘Natural Life’. Envisioned to intertwine with the natural slope of the mountains, the villas are designed “around nature, rather than on it”. Our journey has culminated in every space envisioned and crafted, thus achieving the truest form of spaces and blending seamlessly with the greatest design to exist – Nature.

When a tree or boulder comes in the way of the building, the design is modified to go around the existing tree or boulder and accommodate it to be a part of our natural design. Thus the existing flora and natural features on the site play their part in enhancing this carefully designed living experience.

  1. Crafted with Natural materials

Staying true to our philosophy and keeping up with our eco-friendly ethos, the materials used in the villas are natural, with wooden flooring, random-rubble walls, cobblestone pathways, and log rafters, showcasing a joyous interplay of stone and wood. The wood used in crafting the space portrays its authenticity with ‘Live Edges’ accentuating the natural character of the wood. The floors, joinery, switchboards, skirting and furniture are handcrafted with live edge teak wood that adorns the spaces with warmth and grain. Rough, uncut and unpolished stone each with a character of its own, forms the thick random rubble walls of the lodges. Other natural materials portrayed in Stone Lodges are the clay roof tiles, eucalyptus poles in the ceiling, lapotra granite for counters and stone deck floors.

  1. A Story in every piece

Our skilled craftsmen, our team of passionate Carpenters, create and build our hand-crafted furniture and fixtures in-house. Every element of the villas is made at the site including the switchboards, joinery, kitchen counters, shower tray and cabinetry. All of this ensures that our items are unique to Earthitects and that every piece conveys a unique story.

 

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Sustainability

 

Eco-friendly Landscape Measures:

Stone Lodges is spread across 15 acres of lush vegetation and grand contours.Our Landscape design concepts implemented with sustainable measures encourage the protection of the native species of flora and fauna. With the utmost motive to maintain the ecological balance, we have created an environment where man and nature coexist with each other.

To do our bit towards environmental sustainability, the entire site has been afforested with over 8000 endemic species of trees making it a forested hillside today. By our eco-friendly landscape measures, Stone Lodges is now home to a variety of native birds, butterflies and other creatures. The integration of prolific fruit trees and birdbaths – the lily ponds, invites the birds to coexist, luxuriating the birding experience.

 

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Birds spotted at Stone Lodges: Crimson-fronted barbet, Malabar Hornbill, White-cheeked Barbet, Orange Minivet, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, A Grey Wagtail, White-browed Wagtail,

 

Some Nativetrees at Stone Lodges: IndianRosewood, Jamun, Indian Fig tree, Jack tree, Wild Neem, Teak, Mango Tree

 

Some Fruit trees at Stone Lodges: Avocado, Malabar Plum, Star Fruit, Ramabuttan, Cherry Guava, VelvetApple, Mosambi, Sweet Cherry

 

Some Birdfriendly trees at Stone Lodges: Breadfruit, Wild Jasmine, Egg fruit, Blackberry, Papaya, Velvet Apple, Mango, Jambootikaba, Achacheru, Sweet Cherry

 

Sustainable Construction:

With sustainability as the core idea, up-cycled wood from construction is used for the craftsmanship of the fittings and furnishings while maintaining the organic shape of the wood. The switchboards, mirror frames and skirting are hand-crafted from remaining pieces of teak wood portraying the ‘Live Edge.

 

 

Challenges:

The biggest challenge was to retain the natural character of the topography and features of the site with no spatial re-tailoring. When a tree or boulder came in the way of the building, the plan was modified to go around the existing tree or rock and accommodate it to be a part of our natural design ‘ensuring that no stone is turned’. The villas were designed “around nature, rather than on it”, such that the existing flora and natural features such as boulders, play their part in enhancing this carefully designed living experience.

The challenge of designing a dwelling on a natural slope was the difference in the contour levels and how we would turn this into our biggest opportunity. We overcame this challenge by designing the villa on three distinct levels. The first and second levels house the spacious residence. Nestled amongst the luxuriance of the wilderness, the third level comprises the Exterior Deck with an infinity pool surrounded by lily ponds. Due to the levels, each deck has an endless, unobstructed view of the forest.

The challenge of building on a natural slope was taken as an advantage by achieving the best views of the forest and the surrounding mountains from every space in the home. We believe that “The larger the Challenge, the greater the Opportunity”.  The challenge we faced, gave us an opportunity to design dwellings with spectacular tree-top views from every space.

 

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Design Content:

 

Private Residences re-imagined to experience the abounding fullness and joy of Natural Life.

Natural Life is about re-establishing the revealing experience of connecting with both oneself and the natural environment – a relationship that has been severed by our modern, urban-centric lifestyles and changes in the way of life brought about by today’s work culture.

There is now, more than ever, a need for balance and a longing for a man to reconnect with nature. A longing fulfilled by the establishment of a Second Home that is ‘One with Nature.

The advent of ultra-high-speed Internet, the ability to now work from anywhere in the world, and the abundant availability of conveniences for an everyday living have led us to pioneer a new philosophy in living, that we call ‘Reverse Urbanization’.

We re-imagined the experience of everyday living by allying with Mother Earth in designing and creating dwellings that are in harmony with oneself and the natural environment, dwellings that facilitate ‘Natural Life’. Our journey has culminated in every space envisioned and crafted, thus achieving the truest form of spaces and blending seamlessly with the greatest design to exist – Nature.

Nestled amongst the enchanting hills of Wayanad, far beyond the misty mountains and the wilderness, lies an exquisite hideaway, that is designed to intertwine harmoniously with the natural landscape.

Drawing inspiration from the grammar of ‘Mountain Lodges’ and the native design aesthetic,Stone Lodges showcase a joyous interplay of Stone and Wood. Staying true to our values, each villa is crafted with natural materials that keep up with our eco-friendly ethos. Every bit is finely nuanced bespeaking a luxurious yet environmentally responsible aesthetic – A Collectible that ages graciously!

 

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Creating the “Perfect Living Experience” – A hill-town home that would be in perfect harmony with the greatest design to ever exist – Nature.

Designed to intertwine with the natural slope of the mountains, yet standing out for its sheer simplicity and understated elegance, Stone Lodges is inspired by the native design aesthetic and enriched by the natural cadence of the hills.

Enveloped by the grand natural contours and the sloping hillside, the architecture is perched on three distinct levels and opens its doors to the mystic woodlands.

The first and second levels house the spacious residence while the third level comprises the Exterior Deck with an infinity pool surrounded by lily ponds. Each deck is designed in such a way that it has an endless, unobstructed view of the forest.
Staying true to our eco-friendly ethos, the villas are crafted with natural materials and are designed “around nature, rather than on it”, such that the existing flora and natural features such as boulders, play their part in enhancing this carefully designed living experience.

 

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Experience ‘Natural Living’ at the Lap of Infinity.

Nestled amongst the luxuriance of the wilderness, the third level comprises the Exterior Deck with an endless, unobstructed view of the forest.

The infinity pool, surrounded by ecosystemic lily ponds, offers a meditative soak in the natural atmosphere. The warmth of the temperature-controlled pool compliments the cool, hilly weather of Wayanad, creating the perfect oasis of calm.

Dine-in harmony with nature.

With endless views of the forest, the exterior deck is highlighted by stone flooring finished with black oxide. The railing made out of Eucalyptus poles creates the perfect viewing deck at the comfort of one’s own home.

Surrounded by a tranquil lily pond adjoining the infinity pool, the outdoor dining space is designed such that one can dine under the soft glow of the twilight with an unobstructed view of the wilderness. Crafted from the finest teak, the dining chairs elevate the beauty of wood in its original form.

 

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A space to ponder, surrounded by peace and serenity/Unwind and Relax under a Gazebo

Set amidst the lily pond and the infinity pool, the Gazebo at Stone Lodges is crafted entirely out of natural materials. A thoughtfully designed roof made of unfinished log rafters and clay tiles is supported by four sturdy wooden poles thus creating the perfect viewing deck from the third level of the villa.

Underneath the cozy ‘Gazebo’ is a Daybed to relax and unwind whilst listening to the songs of nature. With an enchanting view of the woodlands, one can enjoy the peace and serenity of nature or catch up on work even on a rainy day.

 

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A cozy nook that allows you to be lost in thought, escaping into a world enveloped by nature.

Our signature Bay Window at Stone Lodges brings natural light into space with a striking view of the lush landscape around.

In addition to the expansive rooms, the exterior side of the bay window is covered with thick wooden poles inspired by the concept of mountain lodges. This cozy niche is perfect for a deep read surrounded by the abundance of nature.

 

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Crafting an enchanting journey through the misty wilderness with the comfort of staying indoors. 

A walk through this unique ‘Bridge’ unfolds a journey that connects you to the greatest design that exists – Nature.

The grandeur of the walkway is complemented by the high glass joinery all around. With light pouring across the entire stretch, the walk from one lodge to the next is an immersive experience with no visual barriers.

The lighting design is envisioned in such a way that it follows the architecture as you descend. Made out of granite, the steps are lit by automated lights providing a great user experience. This picturesque walkway is the perfect space to contemplate on a rainy day.

 

 

Wake up to your Second Life!

A private retreat within the larger sanctuary, the master bedroom is an opulent ode to rest and relaxation. Designed to be one with nature, a private deck adjoining the space provides a stunning view of the surrounding wilderness.

Portraying the natural edge, the exceptional wooden bed is the furniture of dreams! Sturdy and bold, this magnificent piece is crafted from robust teak wood.

The hardwood floors made of rich teak, adorn the space with warmth and grain. The accent wall with rough-textured stone contrasts the warm wood all around.

 

 

Indulge in a bathing experience amidst the greatest design to have ever existed – Nature.

Our latest creation, among our signature outdoor baths, is envisioned to reveal the freedom of taking a shower beneath the open sky. This indulging tropical shower helps one reconnect with nature with the luxury of staying indoors.

Set amidst a courtyard, the organic shower tray with stepping stones is surrounded by lush foliage and natural boulders.

The interplay of light and shadow is brought about by the Eucalyptus poles on the ceiling, with their natural oils and distinct texture. Made out of brass, the bathroom fixtures add an antique charm to the rustic stone wall.

Mounted on the counter, is a black granite wash basin elegantly chiseled from a natural rock. The wooden cabinetry below the counter is finished with hand-crafted wooden knobs that portray our close attention to detail.

 

 

A Natural Powder Room in tune with Nature.

Reimagined as an expansive Powder Room, this spacious Bath is designed to capture the true essence of nature.

Accentuating the space is the branch of a tree that contrasts the clean-cut mirror, thus amplifying the outdoor effect. The concealed lighting design is envisioned in such a way that light follows the architecture.

An abundance of natural light through the Skylight falls on the stone wall highlighting the crude textures of natural stone. The wardrobes are characterized by mirrors that face each other creating an illusion.

Showcasing our keen eye for the tiniest details, the hand-crafted wooden knobs and black iron rivets add character to the doors of the wardrobes and cabinets.

 

 

A Story in every Piece

With sustainability as the core idea, up-cycled wood from construction is crafted into switchboards while maintaining its organic shape.

Our Attention to the smallest details brought to life this custom-made antique brass tumbler switch which adds a vintage charm complementing the natural texture of the wall.

 

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Handcrafted Collectibles

We take pride in our unique craftsmanship and detailing in the design. Our skilled craftsmen – Our team of passionate Carpenters, pay close attention to detail, always looking forward to a challenge.

The ‘Earthitects’ signature design style finds its infinite expression in this unique piece of craftsmanship that portrays understated elegance. Each piece with its distinct personality elevates the beauty of teak wood in its original form combined with cane, weaved by local artisans.

Carved with nature-inspired motifs, the apron of the chair compliments the handpicked natural upholstery which is carefully chosen to tread lightly on the environment. The supports are characterized by tapered ends with subtle detailing.

 

 

Coexist with the marvels of nature made possible by our Bird-Friendly Landscape Design.

Stone Lodges has become home to a number of species of endemic birds that form the mysterious backdrop of the forest. The integration of prolific fruit trees and birdbaths – the lily ponds that surround the deck, invite them to coexist, luxuriating the birding experience.

With the break of dawn, the enchanting sounds of the birds at your estate adds vibrance and joy to the serene setting. This unique experience of being one with nature amidst these beautiful creatures can turn anyone into a bird enthusiast!

Photograph: A Grey Wagtail enjoys a dip in the infinity pool at Stone Lodges. Other species of Wagtails spotted at Stone Lodges are the White-browed Wagtail and Forest Wagtail.

 

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The landscape welcomes the native fauna.

‘Natural Life’ is about re-establishing the experience of connecting with both oneself and the natural environment. With the whiff of nature in every breath, Stone Lodges facilitates the revealing experience of ‘Natural Life’.

To do our bit towards environmental sustainability, the entire site has been afforested with over 8000 endemic species of trees making it a forested hillside today. With our eco-friendly landscape measures, Stone Lodges is now home to a variety of native birds, butterflies and other creatures.

Master of Disguise: The Southern Flying Lizard (Draco dussumieri) is the only species out of a total of 40 grouped in the genus “Draco” that is found in the Western Ghats. They have a very unique body part known as the ‘dewlap’, a bright yellow-green extension from under the chin that moves up-and-down which is a code of communication between individuals. Playing an important role in the food chain, its population is fast dwindling, and hence measures have been taken for its conservation through our eco-friendly landscape design.

 

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Common Area – Harmony Deck

 

A Dining Experience that accentuates the serenade of the Greatest Design to Exist – Nature.

Our design objective from the very inception of the idea was to afford one a tranquil dining experience that is in harmony with its natural surroundings, creating a private sanctuary to unwind.

Far removed, and lost in the wilderness, the ‘Harmony’ deck is perched on stilts and designed to float amidst the verdure of the forest. The sturdy stone pedestals and wooden pole railing contribute to our eco-friendly and natural design aesthetic.

Encompassed by the serenading sounds of nature, the Harmony deck is the perfect place to dine under the twilight and the soft light of the candles.

 

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Project NameStone Lodges – Private Residences

Project LocationWayanad, Kerala, India

Plot Area26,500 sq. Ft (area of one residence)

Built-up Area7320 sq. Ft (area of one residence)

Project StatusCompleted

Completion year – 2019 (one residence)

Principal Architect: Ar.George E.Ramapuram

Design Team: George E.Ramapuram, Irene Koshy, Muhammad Jamaal, Dhyana Priyadarshini, Felicia Niveditha, Meme Chauhan

 

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