NUDES architecture and design studio has constructed a ship-like house in Lonavala, near Mumbai. Flanked by picturesque hillside terrain and a natural water catchment area, the design aims to prioritize open, outward facing elements over more enclosed, indoor spaces. According to the studio, the unique design is intended to ‘transport the users and sail through stunning landscapes’. Intended to function as a weekend getaway, the ‘villa dodia’ is defined by its r
elationship to the exterior. The overall frame of the house is ‘pinched’ — its north facing façade travels upwards to a sharp point, while toward the south, the architecture ‘zooms out’ to accommodate the impressive landscape. It is on this southern face that NUDES has constructed a rolling concrete terrace. The tail of the terrace rolls upwards, joining two supporting arms that extend out from the main volume. The result is a cohesive concrete shell that blurs the line between interior and exterior environments — a ‘ship-like’ design that looks as much at home in space as on the high seas. Reducing columns to a minimum, the living, dining and sleeping areas are accessed and overlap through an aerated and open plan.