Cardamom Club by Kumar La Noce

Nestle within a sea of green

Project Specs


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Set amidst expansive Cardamom plantations on steep terrain area in Thekkady, Kerala, a set of cabins have been designed to nestle within a sea of green.  Responding to a brief for a boutique resort, the project includes five independent cabins, an outdoor pool with adjacent stepped decks and a spa block divided into three interconnected volumes all raised on stilts.

▼远景,distant view

▼小屋外观,exterior view


The 40 sq.m cabins feature floor to ceiling wood framed openings that are composed and designed to enhance the impact of the dramatic views while ensuring privacy between the units. The cabins open out to generous decks to embrace and experience the feeling of belonging to the surrounding plantation.

▼小屋敞开于宽敞的户外平台,充分融入到植物园的环境之中,the cabins open out to generous decks to embrace and experience the feeling of belonging to the surrounding plantation


The structures are envisioned as light and elegant floating volumes in order not to disturb the natural harmony. They are crafted primarily out of rich reddish hardwood sourced from sustainably managed plantations. Inspiration comes from quaint shops and structures dotting the plantation landscape surrounding the property, which feature framed glass enclosures and simple wooden furnishing.

▼室内以框架玻璃墙和简单的木制装潢为特征,the design of the cabins features framed glass enclosures and simple wooden furnishing


▼手工制作的柚木和藤条家具搭配以质地细腻的木地板,hand crafted teak wood and rattan furniture complement the rich wood panelled surfaces


The interiors are minimal and yet sophisticated, keeping the focus on the dramatic setting. Hand crafted teak wood and rattan furniture and rice paper light fixtures complement the rich wood panelled surfaces. The ensuite bathroom is compact and raw, with locally sourced black granite counters and a shower area featuring a ‘porthole’ window framing the views beyond.

▼悬浮的小木屋栖息在豆蔻植物园的绿色海洋中,the floating volume of the cabin nestles within a sea of green

▼走廊与室外平台,corridor and outdoor balcony


▼游泳池,swimming pool


The overall design has been an exercise in balancing luxury and elegance with quietness and restraint.

▼夜景,night view

▼场地平面图,site plan

▼spa中心和泳池平面图,spa and pool plan

▼木屋平面图,cabin plan

▼木屋立面图,cabin elevations

▼整体剖面图,full section

Project name: Cardamom Club
Architect’s Firm: Kumar La Noce
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Project location: Thekkady, Kerala, India
Completion Year: 2017
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 500 sqm
Lead Architects: Bhavana Kumar, Nicola La Noce
Other participants
(eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc):
Structural Consultant : Manjunath & Co
Landscape Consultant : Earthline Consultants
Photo credits: Vivek Muthuramalingam , Kumar La Noce, Salim Pushpanath
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