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"Vanvaso" means to dwell within nature and the design bullseye's the name. Situated in Vav village of district Surat, Vanvaso is a place of refreshment away from the city, and into the countryside surrounded by lush green patches of woods and farmlands. Vanvaso provides a peaceful environment, unlike that offered by a thriving city like Surat. It is a retreat from the routine hustle, a second home, yet one that makes the liver feel more relaxed and 'at home'.

"萬瓦索"的意思是沉溺於大自然和設計核心的名字。萬瓦索位於蘇拉特區的瓦沃 村,是遠離城市的心曠神怡之地。該地位於鄉村,周圍環繞著鬱鬱蔥蔥的綠色樹林和農田。萬瓦索提供了一個和平的環境,不像蘇拉特這樣繁榮的城市所在的環境。這是一個從日常喧囂撤退的第二個家,但一個使居住者感覺更放鬆和更像『在家裡』。

The house has an urban touch to its exterior, with contemporary luxuries of the the modern day, yet it beautifully amalgamates the traditional spaces within. It comprises of typical Indian features like chowk, wall arts and murals, courtyards and connection to nature, an inseparable part of Indian architecture.


On site, a path is developed that divided the dwelling from the farmland. The structure is placed at the south west corner of the plot, allowing for party lawn and landscaping at the front yard. This gives privacy and calm environment to the house. Mounds and trees along the entrance avenue veils the structure and adds curiosity and element of surprise as one moves ahead on the path.


The house is designed by dividing the regions based on nature of spaces, giving a gathering space in between for interaction along with public and private zones on either sides. This forms Indian massing as that of village structures surrounding a courtyard; thus attaining the crux of the design.


A water body extension is added beyond the pool and into the gravels, giving the building and the landscape surrounding it a floating effect. Stone chips surround the water body and gives the effect of a dessert, thus the water body seems like an oasis. A meditation deck rests in this peaceful atmosphere.


The front party lawn space is left open with few features like gazebo, sliding swings along with others. Landscape elements like bamboos, textured cladding, wall colours, lights and sound all add to the ambience and form of an Indian village space. The house thus turns into a home, with the little details creating a bigger picture, making the whole atmosphere much larger than the sum of its constituents."



Project Information

Project Name: Vanvaaso

Location: Vav, Surat, Gujarat (India)

Architect Office: Design Work Group

Lead Architect:Jitendra Sabalpara

Completion Year: 2015


Photographer:Ishita Sitawala


At DWG , we see architecture as a means. A means to enhance the personal experience.Whether it's a striking new build headquarters for an international client or a minimalist home , a project's starting point is always the client. We pride ourselves in our deligence and our humility.

We believe that clear , honest and frequent communications is the foundation of a successful project.We see sustainability as integral to the design of every building. With a team approach from the start ,we analyse the site and building concept as a whole system.We strive to create a building that works on every level and is uniquely designed to support your life, your work and your goals.


In 2006 , three like-minded individuals came together to create something astonishing and unique and hence founded DWG. We are dedicated to creating projects with integrity , intelligence and flair.We have a team of young and experienced individuals including civil engineers,architects,urban designers and interior designers. We have developed and continue to build a talented practice that produces creative solutions.

As a team , DWG has vast experience in designing of residential bungalows (turn-key solutions) , apartments , commercials , industries and instituitional projects. Being urban designers we have also worked on large scale master planning and regeneration projects. These projects include residential master planning , town center development and industrial master planning.

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