Set on a wooded hilltop, this house comprises the residence of Duncan Brothers’ local manager on the ground floor, with accommodation for visitors from other offices above. Tea is one of the company’s main interests, and the design refers to tea garden bungalows in features such as its wide verandah. The house’s radial plan responds to its small site and captures sea breezes. With brick the only locally available building material, the structure minimises earthquake risks with embedded reinforced-concrete ties. Large overhangs provide shelter from sun and rain but, to reduce their weight, their corners are punched out where shade is not needed.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.