Veranda on a Roof

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Aditi Sharma Maheshwari added this to Pune Houzz: A Terrace Becomes an Extension of the Home as a Library15 August 2017

This 12th floor duplex apartment in Pune has a terrace that has been converted into an indoor-outdoor space complete with a library, terrace garden and pantry. A flight of wooden steps connect the living room below to this rooftop space. The walls that enclosed the top landing of the staircase were broken down and the new wood-ceilinged enclosed verandah built. This new space becomes a seamless extension of the main house downstairs. The main material used for the flooring and walls is cement plaster, applied by a process known as ghotai (which means ‘constant movement of the hand’), a technique used in traditional Indian homes. The hand imprints seen on the walls give a sense of the tactility that has gone into making its design. Ghotai involves laying on cement in successive coats by hand and constantly smoothening and curing it with water. This natural method gives warmth and an organic feel to this space designed to serve as a retreat for the family.

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