Monochrome images reveal the many dimensions of Bijoy Jain’s architecture as light interacts with surfaces of changing quality.
The wood contrasts against glass that reflects the landscape.
The pool makes way for a frangipani.
A composition is textures – the cuboid of the house is broken by a cantilever – a projection that becomes the balcony
Water carrying channels – remnants of an irrigated plantation co-exist and become a part of the landscape that composes the site.
The bath – thematic spaces that connect with the outside.
The cuboids set within the plantation – the trees render scale and enclosure to the site.
From the sea-side: the house is installed in the plantation.
On a wet day, the breeze flows through the façade – a breathing, permeable skin.
Water contained in the pool reflects the precise form of the house.
The complete transparency of glass and the selective permeability of the screens that compose the façade frame the trees and the ocean.
Made with skill, the house sits lightly on a hand-made plinth.
The pool – clear water on screed.
Water flows to the trees following a very subtle gradient on the site.
Spaces within open out to plantations on the site – the plantations, the well, the pool and the channel compose an intuitive landscape – a garden that has little human trace.
A simple cuboid reveals itself in many layers.
Monsoon has a very peculiar mood at the Palmyra House. Set in a landscape of a palm plantation, the house has a very tactile quality. The unique atmosphere that the landscape and the structures of the site compose is elevated by the strong monsoon breeze that blows from the Arabian Sea.
Water is a consistent theme on the site and finds its way from the well to the tank and the channel that eventually overflows to set it in motion following a gradient that fills all pools. The many reflections on glass and on water, the contrasting surfaces and the quality of materials on touch – cement-oxide floor on feet, wood in the palms of the hand – compose a unique sensory sequence. In monochrome, the photographs have an abstract quality that is intended to emphasize on the experience.