Sustainable Materials

Mahiravani Farmhouse
Designed by Sanjay Patil of Environ Planners, this farmhouse located at Mahiravani on the outskirts of Nasik is a green project that also doubles up as a weekend office. This space is one that exists in harmony with its surroundings, validating the sustainable approach adopted by the architect Sanjay Patil towards its design. Located at a higher altitude than the surrounding land, the building is laid out on a simple, rectangular grid with an emphasis on introverted planning, with multiple internal courtyards. The 2050 sq ft property has woven sustainable principles throughout its design, using locally available materials, adopting solar panels for part of the electricity consumption mulching and composting leaves, and rainwater harvesting.

The spaces within the house are planned around the central courtyard, which acts as the focal point of the house. The wall partitions were achieved by salvaging timber arches from a traditional wada in Nasik city. Bamboo curtains ensure privacy to residents and visitors in the house’s open spaces. In addition, the house is surrounded by over 4,000 trees that were planted on site, enveloping this project in shades of green.

Materials used
Keeping sustainable principles in mind, the material palette of the house reflects an ecofriendly design. The stone for the exterior walls was locally quarried from the site. For the interiors, the traditional timber aches were salvaged from a wada and preserved for over twenty years before being reused in this house. Deodar wood, salvaged from packing boxes, was also used to create layering along with Mangalore clay tiles for the roof. Even the flooring of the house was achieved by using terracotta clay tiles, leading to equitable temperatures within the house. Solar panels are used to generate a percentage of the total electricity used. Meanwhile, rainwater gets stored in underground reservoirs and recharge pits for maximum harvesting. The surrounding area is covered by greenery, with meandering paths through the trees. All dead leaves and bio waste materials are mulched and converted to manure.