A house is a reflection of the residents residing in it. This is always my beginning point, whenever designing a house. This house is meant for a family of 4, and the client came with a clarity of having 3 bedrooms and home theater along with the common areas. With a plot size of 7200 sft, we wanted to limit the construction to a nominal size and thus develop the remaining green space for the clients to enjoy. One of the major advantages of this project was the North facing plot. Without loosing this opportunity, I started designing the house in a manner in which maximum areas get a north opening; everything except the home theater and kitchen is located facing North. The living and drawing, opening towards a double height verandah into the North, sits in the central axis of the house. The planning is such that the semi-common areas, such as living and dining, separates the private and public space; the master bedroom and the drawing room, on the ground floor. These semi common spaces, which are the family areas, are given its due volume by making it double height. Double height volumes can engender a feeling of openness, and therefore fit well with our design philosophy of creating seamless, free-flowing spaces. The function as a vertical spatial connection, facilitating visual communication and interaction between two floor planes. Here the balance between bright colours in interior and a darker ceiling with a fabricated bridge in solid wood, amplifies the aesthetics of this space. The natural North light that penetrates from the doulble height glass facade, adds a dimension of grandeur to the already generously-proportioned volume.
Based on an open planning with minimum internal walls to limit ones vision, the line of sight crosses tracerses multiple areas looking towards the dining and living. The highlight of the project still remains the architectural spaces and elevational masses. The double height internal space and verandah opening towards the garden sits between the cubes on either side. This becomes the identity of this house.
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