The retreat house is intended for a retired couple in their ancestral village near the eastern coast of Andhra Pradesh.
The universal idea of dwelling is placed in a situation in which the only thing that shapes its form is the context’s specificity. The retreat house refrains from alluding to any particular image of home in order to be free of history, time, place, and type. Spaces with limited definition can be adaptable and accommodate a variety of functions.
The retreat house tries to emphasise the fact that most of the houses around appear to have been carved out of the walled compounds. The house has been designed as a series of rooms, some open to the sky and the others roofed; which becomes prominent due to the lack of statutory setback rules.
The goal is to create a sense of place in which there is no distinction between indoor and outdoor rooms. Cross-ventilation is achieved throughout the house with the outdoor rooms adjacent to each roofed space. This also eliminates the hierarchy of spaces except that of size. The outdoor rooms are concealed from the rest of the neighbourhood and connected within the compound through indoor spaces.
The house appears to be an anonymous object in the landscape. It could be anything, such as a family home, an artist's studio, a grain storage facility, or even a horse stable; separating its anonymity from the function it serves.