A haven for weekends with colonial reminiscences adapted to the canons of contemporary architecture. So Palmyra House, a house designed by Studio Mumbai Architects with the clear intention to respect and adapt to the environment. Located in the fishing village of Nandgaon, south of Mumbai, and sheltered by a lush coconut plantation, the house has been built with local materials, but the undisputed star is the palm wood. The slatted blinds, present throughout the building, we are clearly moving to a colonial past. But more than a cosmetic issue in this case is a functional resource: to shade and soften the heat without removing the natural light that comes and sieved to housing after passing the first filter of coconuts. All the facades are covered with shutters made of Palmyra palm trunk (a native species), hence the name of the house. The walls and floors were built with basalt in the area, covered with plaster sand also pigmented with the place. The decorative details designed by the architects, have been built by artisans, mainly teak. Despite colonial aesthetics, the architecture of the building is clearly modern. And faced two separate volumes, and a rational architecture of interior spaces open, respond to canons certainly contemporary. The two wooden structures are supported on two stone platforms. The living room, study and master bedroom are on the north building, while in the south is the kitchen, dining room and guest rooms. In outer space between two buildings, a swimming pool built of basalt stone also allows better support the sticky heat of this area of Mumbai.