Nivim is an expansive country home meant to rediscover the quiet luxury found in nature. Perched on a lush slope amongst tropical trees, Nivim is a ‘Gold’ certified green building by the Indian Green Building Council, the first in Goa. Nivim was published as the 'House of the Day' in the Wall Street Journal in 2013 in recognition of its global contemporary design that features the best of indoor-outdoor living.
The architecture of the house maximizes the use of natural materials. The large openings allow a seamless connection with nature, while maximizing daylight and natural ventilation in all indoor spaces. Fourteen existing trees found on the property have been carefully incorporated in the design of the house.
Nivim comprises of the main house with three bedrooms and a pool pavilion that also functions as a guest annex with an additional bedroom. The living room is designed to be a grand space with a double-height ceiling and two large sliding doors that open the space completely to make it a part of the outdoors.The top windows are louvered to keep out the harsh sun and allow soft filtered light to flood the room at all times of the day. The bedrooms at Nivim are designed as pavilions in the garden. Each bedroom has two walls with sliding doors that open to connect to their wrap-around verandahs and balconies. All the bathrooms have their own dedicated courtyards with outdoor showers and baths.
We have lovingly recorded the story of building Nivim in a Project Blog that spans our journey from concept to project delivery. With insights into our passion for the home, our design deliberations, construction challenges and triumphs, the blog offers an in-depth look at the Grounded process and our commitment to building better buildings rooted in sound architectural principles and sustainable practices.
The Blog has had over 112,000 page views since its conception, with the highest number of views for our first post on Design Concept.
All Photographs on this page courtesy Bharath Ramamrutham.
Videography for Nivim courtesy Sanjeet Wahi