Kalrav Farm

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“Kalrav” is an open avian haven to experience amidst the dense wilderness. The site is located near Thol lake, Ahmedabad, situated next to an existing weekend home. Initially, this place was a flat land with few trees on periphery. The owner was fond of birds and hit possessed various exotic species from different part of the world. On reaching the site, the designers were welcomed by their melodious chirps. It just felt so awakening and rejuvenated. This sparked as a basic concept for the design. The term “kalrav” means chirping of birds.
The aim was to create a vivid and organic environment for the clients, to relax and be close to nature. The entrance is done using traditionally carved door and theme wall with mud plaster. This brought a sense of belonging and humbleness on arrival. Further, you are welcomed with a bird aviary which stages a backdrop for the existing Neem tree, which stands as a sculpture in the centre of the courtyard. The use of bird motifs in niches and screens creates a memory of the place.
The major part of the site is waterscapes, so as to attracts more birds. The sound of waterfall makes this place more alive. The tiered waterscapes and plantation with spaces for engagement, create an ambience for one to soothe and relax. The outermost zone was planted with bird friendly trees and over 250 trees have been chosen so far, but continuously increasing. The walking trail and the cable bridge was made in between the greenscapes and waterscapes, to let one be a part of this space physically and experience it. Lightpoles were custom made which bi-functioned as a bird feeder too.
The elevated deck facing east became the perfect for yoga and breakfast, an area to sit and enjoy the whole waterscape. The mist fountain enhances the pool experience.
They kept the built area to a minimum. The upper floor becomes a lounge while the lower floor becomes the activity area, that remains shaded and cosy throughout the day. Also in the evening, the indirect and mild lighting brings a soft and serene ambience to this place.
“Kalrav” is a paradise not only for clients but also, birds, insects and many other living creatures. The absolute connection with the natural elements like air, sky, water, earth, makes one want to come here again.

Dettagli progetto

Design: VPA architects
Project Location: Thol Lake, Kadi Taluka, Mahesana District, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Typology: Private garden
Built: 2020
Area: 2508 m2
Design Team: Ronak Patel, Jinal Patel and Naiya Patel
Photo credits: © Inclined Studio

VPA architects

VPA architects

Vipul Patel Architects (VPA) was founded in 1994, by Arch. Vipul Patel. VPA has commendably completed various projects in the field of architecture, interior, landscape and product design. Aesthetics and practicality are at par in all their works. The projects are an amalgamation of interesting ideas, great team work and fresh creativity, thanks to the involvement of the second generation of architects of the family