What kind of materials did you work with?

HP: Everything we used was natural, because they are not only easier to maintain, but also age well. For the flooring we worked with a combination of kota and shahabad in different finishes depending on the area of use.

SK: The core structure is made of RCC, but the rest of it including furniture and fittings were custom made for the project. We worked with a local craftsman to handmake the teakwood windows.

As a practice, we are conscious about how the structure responds to climatic conditions. The result here is rooted in this philosophy…

What kind of materials did you work with? Photo Gallery

My father and his RAF chums thought it was a real hoot at the time: Dirty ’Gypos: that’ll teach them! They toasted the hilarious rough justice of it all. Peter and I laughed. Tragi-comedy. Later in the war he was a fighter pilot. He was then 21, strafing German troops and trains during the invasion, fighting with Messerschmidts flown by other 21-year-olds, duelling in the sun in the hot summer of 1944. And in between all of this, the parties and the pubs and the officers’ mess. He was shot down once and bailed out of his Hurricane over the channel. He celebrated his survival and homecoming with a massive beano in the mess. He was given a week off to recuperate from his escape before being given a new Hurricane and sent back up into the sky to fight Germans again. My father was no different to the others of his generation who wore uniform and went to war for several years.

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