Sailing the Waves of Innovation: The Boathouse is a Fusion of Nature and Architecture

Nestled on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the Boathouse stands as a remarkable testament to innovative architecture. With its rustic concrete walls and large wooden windows surrounded by lush greenery, this abode seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings.

Sailing the Waves of Innovation: The Boathouse is a Fusion of Nature and Architecture

The genius of the architect shines through as she meticulously leverages the site's unique topography and the potential of the scantily developed community to create a harmonious living space.

The architect explains how the structure of the Boathouse evolved over a period of time. Watch the complete video on Buildofy.



Shilaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Plot Area

6,867 sq. ft.

Built-Up Area

3,300 sq. ft.

Number of Rooms


Completion Year


Vastu Compliance



The site's gentle 4-meter slope between the front and the rear provided an exciting opportunity where the architect envisioned and materialized a basement and a splash pool, both ingeniously integrated into the design. The basement, now a cozy den and home office, offers a retreat within the home. Adjacent to it lies the delightful splash pool, a compromise from the initially planned full-size swimming pool due to space constraints. Nature and humans converge in this charming aquatic oasis, complete with fish, moss, and plants, ensuring a delightful ambiance maintained by natural organisms and the gentle flow of water from fountains.

A natural slope runs through the slope which has been efficiently used to provide leisure spaces for social gatherings. To watch the complete home documentary, click here.


In the heart of the Boathouse lies a spacious living room, offering a view of the pool below through a welcoming balcony. The room features unique seating inspired by French Mah Jong-style modular sofas and fixed seating arrangements. The inverted beams ingeniously create functional spaces within them, transforming hollows into livable areas and furniture pieces. A linear window showcases picturesque views of the surrounding greenery, embraced by the soothing evening light.

The kitchen, nestled in the service bay, boasts a distinctive design. The island platform with ample storage and an integrated dining space forms the core, while large French doors invite the lush rear garden inside. The innovative layout enhances functionality and encourages communal dining experiences.

The living and dining spaces double up as social and gathering spaces for the occupants to spend fruitful time together. To watch the complete home documentary, click here.


A soaring triple-height void, the epitome of architectural transparency, graces the space between the bays, housing an exquisite steel and wooden staircase. This staircase connects all the spaces from the basement all the way to the top floor. A set of passages seamlessly connects all the spaces, allowing free flow throughout the void, embodying modernity and openness. The passage is made out of steel bars that allow thorough transparency on each and every floor. So even a person standing on the top floor can see what is happening in the basement, thus allowing interconnectivity throughout the house.

A central void runs throughout the house that occupies the staircase and passage that connect every space in the house. Visit Buildofy for the video of the complete project walkthrough.


The primary zone on the initial floor is predominantly private. It encompasses two bedrooms, each situated in its own section. The master bedroom resembles a suite, featuring a distinct seating area and gardens on three sides. On the other hand, the second bedroom is more modest, equipped with an adjoining bathroom and a balcony.

Ascending to the master bedroom, a feeling of tranquility and serenity envelops. The sunken sleeping and seating areas are discreetly separated by a wooden partition. Adorned by a wooden ceiling with a single-sided slope, the room is an epitome of elegance and light. Adjoining terraces and gardens on both sides create a seamless union between indoor and outdoor spaces, basking the bedroom in natural light and refreshing breezes.

A sunken master bedroom is surrounded by natural greens on all three sides, thus, always keeping it connected to nature. Visit Buildofy for the video of the complete project walkthrough.

The Boathouse project is a tribute to creativity amidst constraints. With limited resources, this architectural masterpiece exemplifies sustainability and environmental concern, seamlessly merging with the natural landscape.

It's a testament to how innovation, inspired by nature, can give rise to a dwelling that breathes and evolves with the environment, setting sail toward a sustainable future.

To watch the complete home tour, peruse the drawings in detail, and browse additional photographs, visit Buildofy. While there, don’t miss out on the other impressive contemporary homes in Gujarat and across India.