Guided nature walks reveal the hidden secrets of the surrounding ecosystem, providing a deeper understanding and appreciation for the delicate balance of life. (Image: DC)
Monotonous urban concrete blocks, rising pollution and an unrelenting routine easily overwhelm the senses- just like the mind, our senses need a break too. Over time, our urban-centric lifestyle has severely compromised our everyday life, where we often go days without hearing the chirp of a bird or basking in the gentle morning sunshine. Naturally, the desire to just escape is never too far. With an increasing lack of fresh greenery in our immediate urban vicinity, the idea of a rejuvenating trip has also shifted from fancy hotels in big cities to quiet, tranquil natural landscapes.
Going Back to Nature
Modern lifestyle has pushed us so far into bland, unfriendly and technocratic spaces, that the idea of luxury travel has come to coincide with spending time in idyllic sanctuaries in natural environments. Travellers now seek a transformative physical experience with stays in forested landscapes with private infinity pools, rejuvenating outdoor spaces, and awe-inspiring panoramic views. The quest for indulgence amidst non-urban habitats marks the desire for a profound change—a phenomenon best explained by the ideology of 'Reverse Urbanization.' This transformative approach is driven by a sensibility that urges us to reconnect with ourselves and the natural environment, undoing the invasive impact on the earth by our modern lifestyle.
The concept of 'reverse urbanisation' paves the way for a unique niche of hospitality, offering the possibility of curating luxurious and rejuvenating experiences in the untouched towns of India's natural landscapes. By infusing every square foot of living spaces with the essence of the wilderness, travellers can establish a deep connection with nature.
Curating Immersive Hospitality Experiences
To indulge in luxurious escapades amidst tranquil landscapes, it is vital to strike a delicate balance between human needs, the design of the space, and the existing ecosystem of that locale. An essential aspect of this lies in enhancing the natural terrain, cherishing existing boulders, trees, and other natural features that grace the landscape, allowing them to remain undisturbed. When a majestic tree or imposing boulder crosses our path, the design must incorporate and celebrate their presence, forging a harmonious connection between architecture and nature. In order to curate a truly unique engagement with the natural world, even the interior spaces of such luxury stays should be drawn from the natural wood and stone textures.
Curating immersive experiences in such locations is about allowing nature to take the lead and minimising invasive design interventions. Guided nature walks reveal the hidden secrets of the surrounding ecosystem, providing a deeper understanding and appreciation for the delicate balance of life. Private infinity pools blend seamlessly with the natural landscape, offering a serene oasis for relaxation and introspection. Breathtaking panoramic views showcase the untouched beauty of the wilderness, instilling a sense of awe and admiration.Essentially, the idea of such stays is to curate a transformative experience that re-establishes our connection to nature—something that is often lacking in urban contexts.
Allowing Nature to Take the Lead
Slow living in harmony with native birds and trees is integral to experiencing nature at its best, free from the encumbrances of noise, light, and air pollution. We often find such lush green regions are home to a large number of endemic birds. These should be thought of while designing the spaces, such that they become an intrinsic part of the built form. The introduction of elements like prolific fruit trees, bird baths, flower ponds surrounding water bodies, invite them to coexist with humans. With the break of dawn, the harmonies of chirping add such vibrance to the morning that can turn anyone into a bird enthusiast!
Today, we have ultra-high-speed internet, the ability to work remotely from anywhere in the world, and easy access to conveniences in remote locations. This allows a rising number of office-goers to break free from the confines of urban settings and seek mental rejuvenation in remote places. We are increasingly witnessing a remarkable shift in how we perceive and seek fulfilment in life. In spite of having a plethora of things, technology and amenities at our fingertips, the question remains, are we truly experiencing life in its fullest, immersed in abundance?
In the future, the ideology of ‘Reverse Urbanization’ will lead to environmentally responsible investments, where living in the wilderness with such nuance and pampering creates a new definition of luxury away from hectic city life.
The future of living is certainly going back to Nature!
The article is authored by George E. Ramapuram, Managing Director & Principal Architect, Earthitects, Bengaluru