An avian farmhouse in Ahmedabad
Designed as a sanctuary for the owner’s pet birds and for the surrounding bird species, Kalrav is a paradise for all
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 had various exotic bird species from different part of the world. “On reaching the site, we were welcomed by birds belting out their melodious chirps and beautiful incantations. It just felt so awakening and rejuvenated. This sparked as a basic concept for the design. The name Kalrav means ‘chirping of birds’,” explain the lead architects Ronak Patel, Jinal Patel and Naiya Patel.
The aim was to create a raw 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. It brings a sense of belonging and humbleness on arrival. Further, one is 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 relax.The periphery is planted with bird-friendly trees – over 250 trees and counting. There is a walking trail and the cable bridge in between the greenscapes and waterscapes to let one be a part of the space physically and experience it. Light poles were custom made and bi-function as a bird feeder too.
The elevated deck facing east is perfect for yoga and breakfast. While viewing the complete drama of the site, the hanging deck is where one can sit and enjoy the entire waterscape. The mist fountain enhances the pool experience.
“We have kept the built area minimum and subtle. The upper floor is a lounge while the lower floor is an 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,” add the Patels.
Kalrav is a paradise not only for the clients but also for birds, insects and other living creatures. The absolute connection with the natural elements like air, sky, water, and earth makes one want to come here again.
Name of the project: Kalrav Farm
Architecture firm: VPA architects
Year of completion: 2020
Area: 3,000 square yards
Landscaping: Jinal Patel
Lead architects: Ronak Patel, Jinal Patel and Naiya Patel
Photographs: Inclined Studio