Preserving views of the Nilgiri Mountains; gauging the gradient of slopes; determining access to drivable roads vs. simple mud paths; measuring proximity to a shady tree: These were the parameters considered by Bangalore-based firm Biome Solutions, when designing the Hornbill House. It is one of nine guesthouses being built in the 135-acre Oland Estate, a scenic hill station in southern India's Tamil Nadu region.
Built in stone, brick, and mud in the vernacular style of the region—to help keep interior temperatures low—the house itself is strategically layered. Each room offers a vista in a different direction. The distinct triangular roof, with its dormer window jutting out, makes it look like a bird perched on a slope, hence its avian name.
∙ Hornbill House [ArchDaily]