Sited in Northern India, a holiday home is perfectly positioned for glorious views of the Himalayas.

The Wood House has been made available to rent on AirBnB.

In a landscape dominated by the Himalayan mountain range, the sensible architectural approach is a minimalist one. So, when Lokesh and his family fell in love with the sleepy Himalayan village of Satoli in northern India, they dreamed of a holiday home that would sit lightly on the land and blend into its scenic surroundings.

Teaming up with New Dehli–based Matra Architects, the family embarked on a five-year process to bring their dream home to life—no easy feat given the remote, rural location at 6,500 feet above sea level.

The peaked roofline mimics the mountains beyond.

The peaked roofline mimics the mountains beyond.

Ankit Jain

Careful studies of the traditional village houses and the community’s Spartan farming lifestyle inspired the design of the minimalist timber retreat—officially dubbed the Wood House—that steps down a three-acre terraced landscape. To minimize the home’s visual impact, the architects placed the 2,550-square-foot building on the lowest terrace.



A sloped, double-glazed skylight floods the interior with natural light and provides stargazing opportunities at night.

A sloped, double-glazed skylight floods the interior with natural light and provides stargazing opportunities at night.

Edmund Sumner

Much of the exterior is clad in vertical planks of locally sourced oiled Indian mahogany. A continuous band of glazing separates the timber cladding from a dry stonewall base, built of materials excavated on site.

The band of glazing separates the timber cladding from the stone base.

The band of glazing separates the timber cladding from the stone base.

Edmund Sumner

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