Architecture BRIO completed the design of Riparian House, a contemporary residence located in Maharashtra, India. The dwelling is placed near the foothills of the famous Ghats riverfront steps and overlooks River Ganges. “The top of a vegetated roof merges with the top of the hillock, hiding the house from the approach on the east side,” the architects explain. “Inside the residence one can enjoy the views to the north of the Irshalgad hill fortress and the sunset over the river to the west.”

A complex exterior design was chosen in order to adapt the building to weather changes throughout the seasons. The array of materials — Indian limestone, galvanized steel windows, bamboo poles — allow shade and breeze during the summer and provide a waterproof indoor environment during the stormy monsoons. “A screen of columns creates an ever-changing pattern of light and shadows throughout the seasons and times of the day, making the building a sensor of light,” the architects added.

One of the key features of the residence is a suspended timber deck veranda which surrounds the house on three sides. The living area connects to this outdoor space, which offers views of the swimming pool and landscape beyond. [Photography by Ariel Huber]

What is your favorite architectural element of this contemporary residence in India?