Green architecture is invariably associated with local and natural materials, right orientation to facilitate abundant natural light and ventilation, and design-tuned to address local climate conditions. But how about a resort built totally from discarded materials and salvaged waste?
For Sankalp Bhumi Farm resort in the city of Belgaum has not only been built totally out of salvaged waste materials but has also come up in an abandoned stone quarry, the deep abyss left after mining of the black stone filled by hundreds of truckloads of construction debris.
The eight-room resort resembles an enchanting oasis, with a thick set of trees, sprawling lawns, and a large lagoon surrounded by picturesque rocks. Says Sanjay Kulkarni, the man behind this oasis,
Thus emerged eight rooms built from tiles, some of which were even broken, old discarded windows, doors, wooden planks, stones, bricks and whatever else that could be salvaged from demolition sites. Not only the rooms, even the cafeteria and conference halls were built from waste, each designed to be in tune with nature.
The eight acres of wasteland seemed a perfect place to create a resort with the expansive rock walls as backdrop. It seemed fit to use only salvaged materials.
Interestingly, with the buildings being carved out of waste, each reflects a different design and style based on what waste materials were used, the only common strain being their totally green structure. Thus, the room on the banks of the lagoon reflects a step back in time, the design emulating Kashmiri boat houses, with quaint windows, inclined wooden walls, tiled roofs and rugged wooden staircases.
An antique set of seating built from discarded doors and windows adds to this picturesque charm, the serenity broken only by the endless chatter of birds.
The resort not only appears totally in sync with nature in its rustic uncorrupted state, it also stands as an epitome of how waste can be salvaged and utilized in an arresting manner in tune with the aesthetics of the enjoyable time.