Villa Kishti’s owners’ romantic idea to fully experience the sunset from the Master Bedroom was satisfied through the choice of a wedge shaped site, which allowed the projection of the bedroom space and it’s grotto/hot tub below along the east side, toward the coral edge of the sea, accepting the setting of the sun into the sea all year long.
Indian family principles/practice required providing for three grown sons to live close yet independently. Three nestled two-story “houses” descend to the lowest pool level, forming a west wing and creating a protected centre space both private from neighbours and connecting all inhabitants of Villa Kishti (meaning “boat” in Urdu) in the communal aspects of living; conversing and lounging; sunning and swimming; and a three dimensional space welcoming the vast and raw nature of the coral and sea beyond.
Giant sky and glorious sunsets; balmy, dry breezes;
emerald sea and brooding blue sea; the rugged coral apron, the simplicity, the raw beauty of coast and sea,
reminiscent of the Greek islands of the Mediterranean. Swooping roofs, an abeyance to the sky and the sea also mimic the dignified and defiant stance of the resident wild goats. Stepping down the slope, each space is individually expressed, giving the impression of a temple site floating on the sea. the horizontal curve of the pool’s water leans outwards towards the coastline and joins the east and west wings, completing the composition of the design.
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