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2023 - Completed
Project Type: Hospitality | Geography: Nepal

The ‘Meet and Greet” building of Kavya Resort and Spa is sculpted to witness the drama of passing clouds. Placed in the highest resort in Nagarkot, the site experiences a dynamic phenomenon – a moment of clear visibility suddenly changing into total obscurity.

While the two rock-shaped volumes are oriented to capture views of Himalaya and the valley below, their separation creates the passage for the clouds – sometimes bringing the fog and moisture deep inside the building. Here you can experience the magical moments.

Due to the steep terrain, the footprint of the building is kept to a minimal. The interior spaces are stacked and organized vertically in two ‘rock’ like volumes. They are interconnected by a central circulation spine that is in axis with the mountain range. This gesture allows nature to punctuate and scale the volumes while opening the interior spaces to views and ventilation. The main level hosts welcoming areas with attached attic like spaces for cloud café and library. The lower levels incorporates dining rooms right above the main kitchen. From here, cascading steps connect the alfresco area and then the pool terrace.

Inspired by local geology, the architecture offers diverse experiences from the crevasse like circulation hallways, and the cave like gathering rooms to promontory like verandas overlooking the mountain range.

Shaped to respond to the local climate, seismic forces and the views, every side of the building looks different. The side facades are dominated by concrete shear walls that have punctures in the form of dormers to allow the southern sunlight. The entry facade that hides ‘back of house’ functions constitute of a cluster of village houses with smaller fenestrations. In contrast, the back façade facing the view, the building transforms its appearance into a telescopic form, jutting out towards the valley. Here, the facades are totally open and transparent.

Built-up area: 12,607 SF
Upper level: 1050 SF
Main level: 2775 SF
Lower dining level: 2410 SF
Lower kitchen level: 2302 SF
Plaza level: 4070 SF

Design Director: Kiran Mathema
Consultant Team: Ajaya Mathema, Dipesh Shrestha, Prashanta Bahadur, Parmila Maharjan, Sagar Chitrakar, Sarmilan Maharjan, Kamal Maharjan, Anish Dangol, Ashok Shrestha, Prana Shrestha, Siddhartha Gautam, Niranjan Bharati, Santosh Pradhan, Chandra Prajapati, Orphius Dangol, Ram Shah, Umesh Agrawal, Vinod Sagtani.