Atali Ganga

Atali Ganga is an adventure sports resort, 30 kilometers from Rishikesh on the banks of the river Ganga.

The resort consists of a storage facility and dormitory, a veranda with a tensileroof that frames the surrounding mountains, a cafe and twenty two cottages for guests.

Distinguished by its use of stone, reed and steel wire, the project abandons a commonplace aesthetic and other such iconographic elements to distinguish itself in favour of a building that draws its aesthetic from the means, methods and modes of its construction.  

The first building, made of stone, encased in galvanized gabion boxes and tied to each other with steel wire was constructed predominantly out of material that was either found on site or excavated from it.  

In the second structure, a tensile roof crowns the conference room above a verandah, adding a whimsical twist to the otherwise stark geometry of the stone building and recalls the numerous tents that dot the river banks.

Connecting these two structures is a two level reed trellis with an elliptical staircase puncturing it. The stair, supported by a pair of stringer beams terminates in a small deck that faces the river and hills beyond. The absence of a central structural member gives the stair a sense of lightness contrasts sharply with both the texture and the "weightiness" of the adjoining buildings gabions.

The cottages that dot the upper levels are characterized by their spartan luxuriousness.  Entered through a private verandah, a central stone wall demarcates the tripartite bathroom from the bedroom. Extensively glazed, they open themselves up to the surrounding landscape. Their location, on the hill was determined by topography, views and distance from other such units. The metal structure of the cottages were prefabricated off site.

The project documents the passage of time, through the use of stone, shadowand steel, and in doing so situates it within the social and religious continuum of the historic river Ganges.