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‘Living Wild’ : Nature’s Odyssey

Mitali Kumar & Manasi Prabhudesai

What is this life if full of care; we have no time to stand and stare?
In the daily humdrum of life, people are increasingly becoming unattached from nature. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to live in cities. According to a study sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person spends 93% of his or her time indoors.

‘Living Wild’: Nature’s Odyssey is a Forest bathing retreat. The program fosters the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the forest, instigating senses. The retreat offers the visitors an eco-antidote; as well as; reconnecting & educating them about the forest flora and fauna.

The program can be participated in as a visitor (2hr exploration session); or a resident (3-day, 2-night experience). This holistic wellness retreat makes the most of the location, integrating forest bathing practices with meditation and gentle yoga. While exploring the site's wilderness, a visitor will also have the opportunity to relax around the pool or use the spa.

Located at a mere distance of 12km from its nearest urban node - Panaji, the island of Chorao is a nature lover's getaway. Accessible only by water, the island is renowned as a biodiversity hotspot, with several nature reserves and dense secondary deciduous forest vegetation. At the heart of this wilderness resides - this 22000 Sq Mts site along the Mandovi River. This biodiverse site plays a critical role in the formation of the brief.

Architecture takes a backseat serving as a backdrop: celebrating the natural wilderness on site. The design represents a private bolt hole in the landscape. Undisturbed by everyday noise and color, the retreat offers the visitors a meditative escapade.

Conceptually, the design instigates on the Landscape Ecology theory of Patch Matrix Corridor, wherein the built infrastructure constitutes the Patches - linked via a network of raised walkways that serve as corridors. The built fabric is integrated seamlessly with the forest, leaving the Landscape Matrix undisturbed. Incorporating the knowledge of the ecological consequences of landscape spatial structure into creative design and planning solutions for architecture

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