Housing for Him resorts
Dense cluster of 20 environmentally sensitive holiday homes made using local slate, rubble and timber on a beautiful and challenging site in the Himalayas. The site slopes northwardswith a great view of the Kumaon Himalayas, notably a panoramic view of theTrishul. The houses are oriented so as to preserve this view in at least one major room in each property. One of the major challenges wasto allow the south sun to enter and provide some solar heating,difficult on a north facing slope, and made more difficult due to an error in the initial site survey which had marked the contours as 80% of actual. Nevertheless, the difficulties were overcome and the houses are generally successful in utilizing solar heat gain, along with rock wool roof insulation, thick walls andappropriate glazingto reduce the amount of fireplace heating required to keep the occupants comfortable in the often cold climate.