The idea for this submerged house was to be a piece of architecture that blended with the contours, honouring the site while being inspired by the vistas of the Khadakwasla backwaters and the hills beyond. When we set out to create this 3375 sq ft rural belvedere, our guiding principles were the 35 degree slope of the site and the contours that appeared to step down into the lake. A succession of parallel, free-standing walls erupt from the slopes that encircle the spaces. The overall plan is split out into three levels: the top arrival level, the primary mid-level, and the bottom level. The entry to the house is at the highest elevation, and other portions of the house descend down because the site's approach road comes from the top of the slope.