• Xception

PRESERVING HILLOCKS

In this project, we took up the challenge of preserving the existing rock in the site and embrace it in our design. Previously preserving these rocks weren’t considered as an important feature, later after discussions with the clients, retaining them has become one of the major elements in the design.

Rocks are one of the most crucial constituents of the environment. And not all landscapes are blessed with these natural beauties. We are lucky to have such natural feature to explore and work on with.

Rocks are the typical features of Hyderabad and we should preserve them.

Our city is famous for its rock formations. Hyderabad – the city of rocks!

Today, as Hyderabad builds at breakneck speed, the rocks have become the focus of one of India’s many emerging citizens movements. The aim is to protect the geological heritage of the city.

Apart from the beauty factor, there are also ecological and scientific reasons for the preservations of our environment.Rocks are not just barren and lifeless monoliths with only an aesthetic or sentimental value, but a plethora of life forms.

Rocky areas are a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna, including ancient micro-organisms. They are important for water management: percolation and recharge of groundwater.


The rocky hillocks of Hyderabad and the surrounding environs have been subjected to intense urbanization, damaging the environment of the living biota and non-living rocks as they have inter-related biodiversity sustenance systems.

The retention of the natural rock, the heritage of the Deccan plateau on the rear side overlooking the lawn, leaving it in its natural form without any crafty chiselling is the main highlight.

The Deccan plateau is interesting to scientists because it was formed by lava flows. Millions of years ago, melted rock (lava) erupted from beneath the Earth's surface and spilled out over the ground. The lava spread out and hardened into a layer of rock on the surface.

Deccan Plateau is made up of Basalt and granite rocks. A few particular rocks sites in the city are around 2,500 million years old. Unfortunately, however, as the need for accommodation supersedes all the other factors, the majestic rock formations slowly started vanishing.


Rocks are not something which can grow back like trees and it is very important to preserve them.

As the size of the opening is proportionate to the rock view, it gives a sense of exploration of nature while staying indoor.

The natural boulders will even lower the temperature around which in turn enhances the mood of the user/resident.