Nestled in the picturesque location of Kamshet, Maharashtra, India, the mesmerizing House by the Lake (HBTL) invites visitors to enjoy views and to reconnect with nature. Designed by architecture and interior design firm, kaviar.collaborative, this vacation home embraces a seamless integration of architecture and nature, centered around a series of spaces with direct views of the lake and surrounding natural environment.
At just over 10,000 square feet, the villa is large in size but designed with deliberate architectural choices. The front facade is designed to conceal the visitor’s view of the lake upon arrival, granting only small peeks of the water on the other side. However, once inside, you are immediately captivated by the views of the lake and the green landscape that surrounds it. Each of the villa’s six bedrooms, along with the living, dining, and recreational spaces, open directly onto the sprawling lawn or to decks that overlook the picturesque lake. With full-height openings spanning an impressive 10 meters, the boundaries between the house and the lake blur, creating a seamless connection and a truly immersive experience.Just a few steps outside is an elongated swimming pool with a blue mosaic tile pattern that rivals the blue skies.A key design element that enhances the homeowner’s connection with nature is the sloping ceiling design, which gradually guides their vision towards the water.The home’s interior boasts a muted palette of earthy colors to ensure that the lake and the surrounding nature remain the focal point. Shades of grey, beige, white, and black adorn the house, replacing glossy marble surfaces with textures of kota, local stone, concrete, and wood. These tactile elements provide a sense of closeness to the outside world, emphasizing the harmony between the interior and the exterior.The home’s library is just above the living room on an elevated wooden platform. A black net is suspended offering a playful spot to enjoy the house and views from a different perspective.Stone walls flank the central glass structure, extending outside to frame the views, as well as the floating wood staircase.Photography by Suryan//Dang – Saurabh Suryan and Lokesh Dang.