Located in a picturesque town on Upper lake road, the Kodaikanal House beholds a flattering view of the lake. The challenge posed by this narrow and steep site provided us direction to design a home that followed the topography of the region. The building was designed to make optimal use of the lakeside panorama from every room of the house. Exposed rubble masonry that pays heed to the Kodaikanal architectural style and expansive windows that capture the carefully framed vistas were part of our climate-responsive approach to design. A timber deck that serves as an intermediary between the low-level garden and the ground floor, makes for a generous sit-out area to hold an intimate gathering and enjoy the pleasant weather.