The Hidden House is a premier, high-end NRI residence characterized by fine vertical lines, rustic hues of Travertine stone and a hint of sheen. The project, located in a pocket deep inside a 4 acre riverside plot, was tailor made to fit the client’s requirements for a serene retreat for his family, retaining all the natural endowments of the scenic site, landscaped to perfection. The functional aspects of the residence were given priority over the decorative elements and maximum connectivity within the house was given high priority with respect to planning. The Hidden House is characterized by slender vertical lines-seen in the L-shaped louvers screening the exterior walls and subtly emphasized in the selection of furniture and other interior elements-standing out in the midst of the organic outlines of the landscaping. The residence was constructed with hollow blocks-walls that characteristically encompass a vacuum in between the interiors and the exteriors, thus regulating temperature levels within the living spaces. The exterior facade was adorned with clay tiles facade with heat absorptive property and sponge like porosity that ultimately acts as a ‘breathing wall’. Due regard was given to designing for a property where a likelihood of water seepage existed, by elevating the residence completely, but without the built mass imposing on the site. Stepped landscaping and the subtly increasing slope of the paths were made use of to achieve this balance.