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Environment sustainability for Leh resort

Hyderabad-based architecture and design firm Vistaar Associates has designed the Stone Hedge as the first high-altitude all-weather resort in the Ladakh range. Situated in the Nubra Valley, the resort is partially inaccessible due to its single axis of connectivity passing through Khardung-La, which is one of the highest navigable passes in the world. The challenge was to create a full-fledged resort catering to central heating and warm water on such difficult terrain. It is built on 4 acres with fourteen rooms, one suite room, and an indoor and outdoor restaurant. However, the master plan comprises thirty rooms.

Local materials and craftsmen combat the logistics and budget challenges, yet cater to ecology. Carbon prints and sustainability were mandatory factors to be considered due to the terrain. Fabrics in the rooms synergize with the clear skies and mountain air and capture the warm cheerfulness of the Ladakhi community.

Vernacular and modern architecture can be seen in the restaurant ceiling detailing and the polyurethane-coated rush weed screen. Called the Umbuk, the headboard and screen separate the bed, bathroom and dressing area from each other. Colorful stones and pebbles have been used in construction, cladding, and dado in the washrooms. The wooden trellis in the outdoor café is accompanied by appropriately chosen cutlery and table runners to add color to the space.