There’s something lovely about a thatched roof, whether it’s topping a 13th-century English cottage or a brazenly angled modern home. For this 2,400-square-foot retreat at India’s Tala Treesort, the texture of the thatch was left exposed to the interior, offering a natural contrast to more starkly modern elements like the home’s glass walls and black metal stairs.
Designed by the Mumbai-based firm Architecture BRIO, the airy villa has a masterful balance of materials that makes the home feel both woodsy and contemporary. The prominent wooden roof beams match the wood framing around the large glass windows and doors. The dark wood and thatch is offset by a white-painted band of wall surrounding the top of the main room, as well as a white tile floor and white curtains.
The design naturally draws the eye outward to the forest views beyond. In a nice design detail, the home has rounded corners. “The curves create a sensual luxury and bring softness to the space,” the architects say.
The structure has a main living room and sleeping room on the top floor surrounded by a large wooden deck, a second bedroom and terrace below, and an open-air bathroom with a tub beneath the trees.