The house is conceived for a venerable couple and their teen son in a gated community. Considering it is an end plot which needs privacy from its neighbor and upcoming apartment in south, our strategy was to extrovert the building towards North-east direction opening to the beautiful landscape. This further developed into a square planning on a square plot.
The multi layered planning where floor plate of every floor is taken lesser than the adjacent floor below resulted in frontage with stepped formation. The idea along with the introduction of few landscape pockets and creating a central light and stair well helps in bringing natural light and air to every corner of the house.
The organization of the various functions of home takes into account a deliberate segregation of public, semi-private and private spaces pushing bedrooms at first floor and library, family room, bar room to the back. Entry to the house is from East through a rectilinear portal highlighted in exposed concrete with a shallow water feature on its right. Home office and a double-height living room settle down on either side of the foyer. It connects to exterior landscape through full size floor-to-ceiling openings in east face having water feature with background made in stone wall and a sculpture as focus point. It also helps in bringing soft light to the interior of the house during morning hours. The interior further notches to equally spacious dining room which looks to a double height family area, open kitchen and bar room where every space extends to outdoor sit-out decks.
Space program for this 7500 sq.ft. plot additionally required a basement parking for 4 cars, gym, a dedicated home theatre, puja room, wet kitchen, laundry, 2 store rooms and servant quarters. Small size openings, plantation and big overhangs in form of pergola and canopy have been introduced to mitigate south and west direction sun.
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