Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

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Terra - Earth House by Kriss Real Estate

This expansive, river-side residence features fluid layouts inspired by Geoffrey Bawa. It's inventive, thoughtful and seamlessly functional interiors are inspired by the Bauhaus movement.

Terra was designed as an ode to nature itself. It integrates ponds, internal courtyards, sweeping gardens and private river views to bridge immersive tropical living with eco-conscious design.

Nearly half of the home's 6,300 square foot expanse is dedicated to lush gardens that cascade into The Chapora River.

The home’s sandstone exteriors resemble wood and stand in deliberate contrast against the emerald green landscape that surrounds it. Its louvred teak entrance doors are flanked by an extended, shallow water garden that flows adjacent to the reception foyer. The water body and louvred walls ensure a consistent cool breeze ventilates the space even on humid summer afternoons. The foyer flows across a large internal courtyard, down a curved hallway into the main living space.

A sculptural installation of refurbished teak-wood panels along the double-height main wall adds warmth and colour. The otherwise minimalist room is defined by generously high ceilings and a breath-taking view of the infinity pool and the home’s sprawling gardens. Customised modular furniture in teak wood and muted green upholstery face the accordion glass doors leading outside.

One side of the immense living room extends into kitchen and dining spaces. The dry kitchen by Euromobile features in-built top-end appliances by Siemens and hand-painted Mediterranean tiles typical of Indo-Portuguese homes. It leads into a discreet wet kitchen by Miton. The kitchen and dinette flow into an indoor dining room and extended gazebo.

The other end of the living space opens into another water garden and a detached bar. Furnished with a curation of customised art deco furniture, the stylish pool-side bar extends into its own gazebo and outdoor seating area. The width of the home’s vast garden stretches from the pool bar to the formal dining room and the living room sits nestled in the centre. Each space flows into the other and each space allows dedicated access to the outdoors.

The inner foyer stretches from the lush internal courtyard forward towards the living space. At its centre is an ambient lit elliptical staircase that spirals along the length of the courtyard's glass walls leading to two top-floor master bedrooms and their attached living spaces.

Both masters have their private balconies with a view of Chapora River, a peppering of red tile roofs and the farmlands beyond. An entertainment room accessible through one master bedroom includes a billiards table designed in contemporary fashion and customised for this space.

Although the master bedrooms are especially generous, all of Terra’s four bedrooms are over 550 sq. feet large with walk-in closets, verandahs, patios and a view of water bodies.

The larger bathrooms at Terra feature ultra-high ceilings and sunroofs that inspire both indulgence and tranquillity. The powder room or guest bathroom in the home is an avant-garde, monolithic space featuring concrete walls, diffused lighting and industrial fixtures.

Terra or Earth House is one of three bespoke, eco-conscious residences called the Si-Oul Villas. All three homes, Sol (Sun House), Lua (Moon House and Terra (Earth House) are designed to be inventively eco-conscious. Terra, like its sister residences, includes water-efficient plumbing. Its angular roofs harvest rainwater, which is treated for reuse by an underground tank. Sky-roofs, solar panels, curved hallways, louvred walls and fluid layouts are strategically placed to increase ventilation and distribute natural light, making the homes inherently energy efficient. Balconies are built around pre-existing trees and the gardens include ecologically viable plants.

Terra and the SiOul Villas mark a significant shift in regional architecture. They break the mould of the red-tile roof, Mediterranean style homes introduced during the colonial era. More importantly, they redefine luxury architecture as thoughtful design and offer a novel study in regionally sensitive eco-conscious design.

Terra is one of three bespoke, eco-conscious residences in the SiOul Villas trilogy by Kriss Real Estate.
Architecture by SAV Architects.

Interiors by Jharna Sattanathan.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Green Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, and Stone Siding Material. Terra was conceived as homage to nature. Not only is the home surrounded by pristine views of a lush riverbanks, its construction is rooted in eco-conscious practices that blend with and benefit the environment. The nearly 1,600 sq. meter plot relegates half its sweeping expanse to gardens that cascade into the Chapora River. An infinity pool, turquoise in contrast against emerald foliage, is a focal point of the vast backyard.  Photo  of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

Terra was conceived as homage to nature. Not only is the home surrounded by pristine views of a lush riverbanks, its construction is rooted in eco-conscious practices that blend with and benefit the environment. The nearly 1,600 sq. meter plot relegates half its sweeping expanse to gardens that cascade into the Chapora River. An infinity pool, turquoise in contrast against emerald foliage, is a focal point of the vast backyard.

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Railing. An elliptical staircase leading to the first-floor master bedrooms is situated in the inner foyer. Its svelte frame rises gracefully alongside the internal courtyard and feature wall of sculptural teak wood panels.  Photo 2 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

An elliptical staircase leading to the first-floor master bedrooms is situated in the inner foyer. Its svelte frame rises gracefully alongside the internal courtyard and feature wall of sculptural teak wood panels.

Modern home with Doors, Swing Door Type, Wood, and Interior. Terra's entrance foyer is encased within louvred wooden door and side-wall. Adjacent the sidewall is an extended water body, strategically placed to cool passing wind that will ventilate and naturally cool the space during humid tropical summers.   Photo 3 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

Terra's entrance foyer is encased within louvred wooden door and side-wall. Adjacent the sidewall is an extended water body, strategically placed to cool passing wind that will ventilate and naturally cool the space during humid tropical summers.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Sectional, Coffee Tables, and Concrete Floor. A sculptural installation of refurbished teak-wood panels along the double-height main wall adds warmth and colour.  The otherwise minimalist room is defined by generously high ceilings and a breath-taking view of the infinity pool and the home’s sprawling gardens. Customised modular furniture in teak wood and muted accents face the accordion glass doors leading outside.  Photo 4 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

A sculptural installation of refurbished teak-wood panels along the double-height main wall adds warmth and colour. The otherwise minimalist room is defined by generously high ceilings and a breath-taking view of the infinity pool and the home’s sprawling gardens. Customised modular furniture in teak wood and muted accents face the accordion glass doors leading outside.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Ceiling Lighting, Table Lighting, and Concrete Floor. A second master suited in Terra includes a sweeping private balcony that overlooks the home's expansive garden,  the Chapora River and lush farmlands beyond it. Each space in Terra is a studied balance of seclusion, access and immersive tropical living.  Photo 5 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

A second master suited in Terra includes a sweeping private balcony that overlooks the home's expansive garden, the Chapora River and lush farmlands beyond it. Each space in Terra is a studied balance of seclusion, access and immersive tropical living.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Table Lighting, Bench, and Concrete Floor. The top floors of Terra feature two immense master suites with private balconies. One of which is carefully built around the trees that grow densely around it and through it. 
The clean lines and selective minimalism of the home's interiors emphasise seamlessly functionality and material efficiency while serving to take a muted backseat to Terra's lush, tropical views. Photo 6 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

The top floors of Terra feature two immense master suites with private balconies. One of which is carefully built around the trees that grow densely around it and through it.
The clean lines and selective minimalism of the home's interiors emphasise seamlessly functionality and material efficiency while serving to take a muted backseat to Terra's lush, tropical views.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Ceiling Lighting, Night Stands, Chair, Table Lighting, and Concrete Floor. There are no isolated spaces in Terra. Each of the four bedrooms, including this ground floor standard, opens into an intimate private garden. 

All the furniture in the home is custom modelled. This bed frame is among the several hand-selected pieces that capture the home's understated, artistic and earthen sensibilities. 

The mid-century chairs are a contemporary reimagining of traditional Indo-Portugueses material and style.  Photo 7 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

There are no isolated spaces in Terra. Each of the four bedrooms, including this ground floor standard, opens into an intimate private garden.

All the furniture in the home is custom modelled. This bed frame is among the several hand-selected pieces that capture the home's understated, artistic and earthen sensibilities.

The mid-century chairs are a contemporary reimagining of traditional Indo-Portugueses material and style.

Modern home with Bath Room, Stone Counter, Stone Tile Wall, Ceiling Lighting, Slate Floor, and Vessel Sink. Terra's bathrooms are a particularly remarkable feature of the home. Most of the bathrooms include extra-high ceilings and are fitted with sunroofs that run along the home's angular roof. The sunroofs naturally light the space, maintaining the home's energy-efficient design. The muted wall colours and minimal interiors - interrupted only by the lush tropical green of a potted plant - create a reverent sense of peace not unlike a private spa or hammam.  Photo 8 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

Terra's bathrooms are a particularly remarkable feature of the home. Most of the bathrooms include extra-high ceilings and are fitted with sunroofs that run along the home's angular roof. The sunroofs naturally light the space, maintaining the home's energy-efficient design. The muted wall colours and minimal interiors - interrupted only by the lush tropical green of a potted plant - create a reverent sense of peace not unlike a private spa or hammam.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Coffee Tables, and Slate Floor. A tree grows through a private balcony on Terra's top floor.  The balcony like most of the home is ensconced by pre-existing foliage, which was either left thoughtfully undisturbed or integrated into the home's design.   Photo 9 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

A tree grows through a private balcony on Terra's top floor. The balcony like most of the home is ensconced by pre-existing foliage, which was either left thoughtfully undisturbed or integrated into the home's design.

Modern home with Kitchen, Tile Counter, Range, Beverage Center, Refrigerator, Cooktops, Dishwasher, Drop In Sink, Ceramic Tile Floor, Wine Cooler, Ice Maker, Ceiling Lighting, Wood Cabinet, Microwave, and Laminate Cabinet. One side of the immense living room extends into kitchen and dining spaces. The dry kitchen by Euromobile features in-built top-end appliances by Siemens and hand-painted Mediterranean tiles typical of Indo-Portuguese homes. It leads into a discreet wet kitchen by Miton. The kitchen and dinette flow into an indoor dining room and extended gazebo. 
 Photo 10 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

One side of the immense living room extends into kitchen and dining spaces. The dry kitchen by Euromobile features in-built top-end appliances by Siemens and hand-painted Mediterranean tiles typical of Indo-Portuguese homes. It leads into a discreet wet kitchen by Miton. The kitchen and dinette flow into an indoor dining room and extended gazebo.

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Chair, and Ceiling Lighting. The other end of the living space opens into another water garden and a detached bar. Furnished with a curation of customised art deco furniture, the stylish pool sidebar extends into its own gazebo and outdoor seating area. The width of the home’s vast garden stretches from the pool bar to the formal dining room and the living room sits nestled in the centre. Each space flows into the other and each space allows dedicated access to the outdoor
 Photo 11 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

The other end of the living space opens into another water garden and a detached bar. Furnished with a curation of customised art deco furniture, the stylish pool sidebar extends into its own gazebo and outdoor seating area. The width of the home’s vast garden stretches from the pool bar to the formal dining room and the living room sits nestled in the centre. Each space flows into the other and each space allows dedicated access to the outdoor

Modern home with Chair. A minimally treated organic wood tabletop sits beneath a metal frame gazebo, which will in time be canopied by the bougainvillaea planted around its edges. 

The custom made mid-century chairs reference materials and styles tradtionally seen in colonial Indo-Portuguese designs. 

This outdoor dining area overlooks the backyard and the infinity pool (left).  Photo 12 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

A minimally treated organic wood tabletop sits beneath a metal frame gazebo, which will in time be canopied by the bougainvillaea planted around its edges.

The custom made mid-century chairs reference materials and styles tradtionally seen in colonial Indo-Portuguese designs.

This outdoor dining area overlooks the backyard and the infinity pool (left).

Modern home with Bath Room, Vessel Sink, and Ceiling Lighting. A guest powder room showcases a uniquely stylised interior. Concrete walls and floors give the space a monolithic appearance. Subdued lighting and clean lines balance an industrial, yet minimalist, use of metal, stone, glass and wood.  Photo 13 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

A guest powder room showcases a uniquely stylised interior. Concrete walls and floors give the space a monolithic appearance. Subdued lighting and clean lines balance an industrial, yet minimalist, use of metal, stone, glass and wood.

The late evening light in Goa is liquid gold - a typical feature of tropical landscapes. Terra's immense infinity pool is shaded by the foliage around it. The home itself is doused in a sunset that illuminates its sprawling backyard as well as The Chapora River, which runs through it.  Photo 14 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate modern home

The late evening light in Goa is liquid gold - a typical feature of tropical landscapes. Terra's immense infinity pool is shaded by the foliage around it. The home itself is doused in a sunset that illuminates its sprawling backyard as well as The Chapora River, which runs through it.

Terra's feature wall is a sculptural installation of panels made with refurbished teak wood. The central adds subtle textural beauty and reflective warmth to the main living area. Photo 15 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate modern home

Terra's feature wall is a sculptural installation of panels made with refurbished teak wood. The central adds subtle textural beauty and reflective warmth to the main living area.

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Concrete Floor, Sectional, and Ceiling Lighting. A family room on the top floor bridges the space between two master suites. A custom, contemporary billiards table in wood is framed by turquoise sectional.  Photo 16 of Terra - Earth House - by Kriss Real Estate

A family room on the top floor bridges the space between two master suites. A custom, contemporary billiards table in wood is framed by turquoise sectional.

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • SAV Architecture and Design
Interior Design
  • Jharna Sattanathan
Builder
  • Kriss Real Estate
Photographer
  • Fabien Charuau

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2020
  • Square Feet
  • 17500
  • Press