Monday, September 22, 2014

More photos !

Interior of Master Bedroom
Here are some more photos of the completed Nivim. Please note that NIVIM photographs are copyright protected and can only be reused with prior written permission.

For more photos, click on this link.

Main House from the driveway
Pool deck, existing trees on the right and view beyond
Pavilion block and Pool deck
Pavilion block and Pool deck 
View of the Main House 
Interior of Living Room 
Interior of Living Room
Entrance to Living Room and Front verandah
Interior of Living Room 
Interior of Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Deck
Interior of Guest Bedroom 01
Indoor-outdoor at Guest Bedroom 01
Indoor-Outdoor at Guest Bedroom 02
Interior of Guest Bedroom 02
View from Living Room Roof Terrace
Interior of Pavilion Block Bedroom 
Verandah at Pavilion Block with Main House as backdrop 
Living Room Front verandah looking at the Pavilion Block
Indoor-outdoor Master Bathroom
Indoor-outdoor Guest Bathroom 01
Indoor-outdoor Guest Bathroom 02

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What is in the name ?

Welcome ! This is the view from the main entrance door towards the pool and deck at Nivim

Ever wondered why the house is called 'Nivim' ?

'Nivim' is the name of the land the house is built on. We found it on the historic land records for the house and it only made sense for us to continue to use it as our commitment to the history and legacy of the land and our love for the inherent beauty of Goa !

Thursday, December 12, 2013

We did it ! 'Gold' Green Homes Certificate

We are the first green certified residential building in Goa !

Nivim was awarded a Gold level green homes certification from the Indian Green Building Council. We are celebrating !

Read about the green features at Nivim Goa, at our previous blog post.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Why build green ?

In simple words any new construction specially on a greenfield site (where there were no buildings before) has a negative impact on the environment (scroll down for why?). But the reality is that we need buildings and implementing green building practices help us in reducing the impact of the building activity on the environment.

How does building activity impact the environment:

  • Buildings consume large amounts of material and energy during construction and generate waste
  • Buildings continue to consume energy, water and other resources during their lifetime along with continualy generating waste (domestic waste, solid waste and water waste)
  • A building on a previously vacant greenfield site changes the land and its relationship to the surrounding environment:
    • buildings change the natural landscape of the site by reducing existing vegetation, changing natural topography, and water flow patterns
    • buildings create concrete barriers to absorbtion of water back into the earth thus increasing storm water runoff (leading to flooding of low-lying areas and additional burden on existing infrastructure) and fall in underground water table (due to reduced recharge)
    • Loss of natural landscape also results in the loss of habitat for animal and bird life
  • Materials used in a building have a direct correlation to the health of its residents

Most of the above reasons are fairly well understood in the building community then what are some of the reasons that green building practices are relatively inaccessible to the everyday builder? even when they are driven by common sense and reflected in many traditional construction practices. We have found that:

  • There is increasingly a lot of superficial jargon surrounding green buildings that needs to be shed
  • It may be easier to start from our backyard rather then wait for top-down government led infrastructure development and policy formulation
  • There are available green certification processes than can offer a system of checks and balances but sadly the industry is disillusioned about them or find them too tedious and expensive
  • Project planning is the key to success. It is vital that at all stages of design and construction; the builder makes choices that minimize the impact on the land, reduces use of energy, optimizes use of water resources, prioritizes reuse and recycling instead of use of virgin materials and reduces waste.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Celebrating "The Pavilion" in residential architecture

The Pavilion at Nivim Goa
We designed a pavilion at Nivim Goa. It is an expanded pool and garden pavilion wrapped in wood screen and glass doors. It is nestled among existing mature trees and floats over the pool deck in the front elevation. We love this special addition to Nivim.

Interestingly, we recently came across a house in Chile with a pavilion set among the breathtaking landscape of Andean mountains. The pavilion has a wrap around patio with a pool. There are many parallels in design concept and look and feel of this pavilion with ours at Nivim. We thought it will be fun to share the project here. See the photos below. All photos and content courtesy Archdaily.

House on the road to Farellones, Courtsey Archdaily


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