Play Architecture towers over a resort restaurant in India with an undulating tiled roof

A corrugated tiled roof formed by intersecting catenary vaults houses this lakeside restaurant, designed by Bangalore-based Play Architecture for the Deva Dhare Resort in Karnataka, India.

Perched above a narrow creek on recycled steel pilings, the structure, which was shortlisted in the 2022 Dezeen Awards Hospitality Building category, provides internal and external dining areas for the 10-acre resort. .

The Deva Dhare restaurant is topped with a vaulted tiled roof

Nestled in the forests of Sakleshpur with sweeping views of the Western Ghats mountain range, Play Architecture sought to create a form that would “weave and blend seamlessly” into the landscape, using materials and hand -local work.

“The dining room is located on an extremely ecologically sensitive area, where you have to touch the ground gently,” the studio explained.

“The design approach is bottom-up, where the construction process and choice of materials takes into account the local climate, soil conditions, flora and available local labor.”

Raised restaurant in India topped with a tiled vault by Play Architecture
The restaurant sits above a small stream in a forest in Sakleshpur

To create a column-free interior, a dramatic, unreinforced catenary vaulted roof spanning 16 meters was created, using five layers of 15 millimeter clay tiles typical of the region.

This roof rests on a granite and steel deck slab, supported by the structure of slender steel columns painted green below and accessed by two stone staircases on either side.

“The shape shows how forces flow through the structure, and the strength of the shape allows large spans to be constructed with small thicknesses, saving on materials and labor,” the studio said.

“Furthermore, the objective of this research was to stay away from sophisticated software solutions and find geometric and logical means and practical methods, allowing unskilled labor to apply the idea daily.”

Restaurant seating under a vaulted ceiling with large glass openings
Four glazed openings under the corrugated roof provide views of the surroundings

Four arched openings on either side of the restaurant are filled with full-height glazing framed in black steel, offering views in all directions.

To the east and west, glass doors give access to two terraces overlooking the lake and stream, and to the north, a small hallway leads to a separate toilet block.

Below restaurant tile vaulted ceiling by Play Architecture with glass door leading to terrace
The curved roof is formed by intersecting catenary vaults

The platform’s granite slabs were left exposed throughout, creating continuity between the interior and exterior, and some were replaced with glass to provide views of the creek below.

“The project is a simple and straightforward demonstration of the strength of an idea…with a sincere effort to faithfully express the tectonics of materials and construction,” the practice said.

Other shortlisted projects in the hospitality building category of the 2022 Dezeen Awards include a copper-clad shelter for a teahouse in China by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, and a boutique hotel in Mexico by Alberto Kalach. surmounted by barrel-vaulted roofs.

The photograph is by Bharat Ramamrutham.

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