Elle Decoration UK - The Ray, Alibag

”Majestic Views around this architectural marvel in Mumbai”.   The september issue of Elle Decoration UK features The Ray: Ten years ago, Ty Bhojwani bought a piece of land just outside Mumbai, although there were a thousand reasons not to. Convinced of the site's good energy, he turned to Dutch-Indian firm Architecture BRIO to build an extraordinary holiday home for his family, which they named ‘The Ray.’   Ty and Esha Bhojwani commissioned Architecture BRIO - Robert Verrijt and Shefali Balwani's Dutch-Indian firm - to interpret their vision of a plantation-style house. "We found the idea fascinating,' says Robert. This typology, with its slats, verandas and semi-outdoor spaces, fits well within a tropical climate.' They also found inspiration in the ancient churches that sit in the hilly landscape on India's west coast, and developed a scheme that elegantly blends the two vernaculars. 'From the outset we imagined the house as if we'd found an old ruin, a few old solid stone walls, overgrown and abandoned,' Robert says. Two light steel pavilions are delicately placed into this ruin with deep verandas, expansive canopies and white-painted screens protecling the occupants from the tropical sun and rainfall.