Aarvli Resort is situated close to Goa on the Konkan coast, part of the western coastline of India. Featuring rugged hills and a dramatic coastal views this region is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. The drama and sensitivity of this topography demanded an architecture that was on the one hand unobtrusive and environmentally sensitive and on the other hand capable of exploiting the surrounding views. The project draws inspiration from the famous forts of Maharashtra. A typical fort is based on a system of massive ramparts that closely follow the contours of its mountain-side setting. The plan of the resort is arrayed along the contours of the site. A curvilinear circulation spine is used to delineate a series of public and private spaces.
This organisational strategy of this project is then highlighted by an appropriate usage of light- understated and crafted by the architecture. The photonic distribution of light has been developed to augment the architectural intent, and provides light such that the continuous fabric of the lighting is clearly seen from vantage points, while creating an immersive feel for the guests to wade through.