Bawa-inspired homes in Goa | Terra - Si-Oul Villas
The residence integrates water gardens, internal courtyards, sweeping gardens and private river views to bridge aspirational living with eco-conscious design
Terra or Earth House interprets home as nature. Nearly half of its 6,300 sq-ft expanse is dedicated to lush gardens that cascade into the Chapora river. Water gardens, internal courtyards, tree wrapped balconies and canopied dining areas seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces.
The home’s sandstone exteriors resemble wood and stand in deliberate contrast against the emerald green landscape that surrounds it. Its louvred teak entrance doors are flanked by an extended, shallow water garden that flows adjacent to the reception foyer. The water body and louvred walls ventilate the space with a cool breeze that flows across a large internal courtyard and down a curved hallway into the main living space.
A sculptural installation of refurbished teak-wood panels along the double-height main wall adds warmth and colour. The otherwise minimalist room is defined by generously high ceilings and a breath-taking view of the infinity pool and the home’s sprawling gardens. Customised modular furniture in teak wood and muted accents face the accordion glass doors leading outside.
One side of the immense living room extends into kitchen and dining spaces. The dry kitchen by Euromobile features in-built, top-end appliances by Siemens and hand-painted Mediterranean tiles typical of Indo-Portuguese homes. It leads into a discreet wet kitchen by Miton. The kitchen and dinette flow into an indoor dining room and extended gazebo.
The other end of the living space opens into another water garden and detached bar. Furnished with a curation of customised art deco furniture, the stylish pool side bar extends into its own gazebo and outdoor seating area. The width of the home’s vast garden stretches from the pool bar to the formal dining room and the living room sits nestled in the center. Each space flows into the other and each space allows dedicated access to the outdoors.
The inner foyer stretches from the lush internal courtyard forward towards the living space. At its center is an ambient lit elliptical staircase that spirals along the length of the courtyard's glass walls leading to two top floor master bedrooms and their attached living spaces.
Both masters have private balconies with a view of Chapora river, a peppering of red tile roofs and the farmlands beyond. An entertainment room accessible through one master bedroom includes a billiards table designed in contemporary fashion and customised for the space.
Although the master bedrooms are especially generous, all of Terra’s four bedrooms are over 550 sq-ft with walk-in closets, verandahs, patios and a view of water bodies.
The larger bathrooms at Terra feature ultra-high ceilings and sunroofs that inspire both indulgence and tranquility. The powder room or guest bathroom in the home is an avant-garde, monolithic space featuring concrete walls, diffused lighting and industrial fixtures.
Lua or Moon House is one of three bespoke, eco-conscious residences called the Si-Oul Villas in Siolim, Goa. All three homes, Sol (Sun House), Lua (Moon House and Terra (Earth House) are designed to be inventively eco-conscious and inspired by the architecture of Geoffrey Bawa. The villas include water-efficient plumbing and rainwater harvesting, which is treated for reuse by an underground tank. Sky-roofs, curved hallways, louvred panels and fluid layouts are carefully planned to increase ventilation and distribute natural light, making the homes inherently energy efficient. Balconies are built around pre-existing trees and the gardens include ecologically viable plants.
About Kriss Real Estate
The Si-Oul project is the brainchild of Kriss Real Estate (owned by its parent company KrissCo.), a design-centric real estate developer with an integrative business model that bridges the gap between bold architectural endeavours, selective clients and efficient execution. Their visions operate on a continuum between luxury and utility; pushing the envelope of current tastes and design for the future, while consistently creating visually appealing elegance.
About SAV Architecture
To fully realise this vision for the Si-Oul project, Kriss Real Estate worked with SAV architecture, an international contemporary architecture and design studio producing highly original and intra-disciplinary work. Their work is inspired from nature: its resourceful efficiency and complex beauty. Combining the aesthetic and the pragmatic, advanced technology and craftsmanship, they work across scales and contexts to create designs that are evocative and extraordinary.