The site is a 4200 sq.ft. plot with access road in the west and is located in Chandrapur city in central India. Hot and dry climate with extreme summer sun combined with a complex design brief involving the needs of a couple and their two youngster children, their social lifestyle was the guiding principal here.
Morphologically, four double height volumes bind the complex design problem into one free flowing space. These double height courts also help in controlling the temperature and air flow. North east corner, the coolest of all areas is flanked by a double height semi open deck which connects the dining and family area on ground floor to the garden. This deck extends further to become a car port.
Ground floor houses the executive drawing area, family, dining, puja, kitchen and master bedroom. First floor houses bedroom for two youngsters, guest room and family area. Both the levels are connected by a curved sculptural staircase. The ground floor family is tactically sunken in the plinth to give a cozy ambience and animated spatial connection of spaces. The curves and dynamics of the staircase are accentuated by placement in a square courtyard. The staircase continues to lead on to the terrace level where it connects the gym. The staircase triple height volume connects the kitchen on ground floor and the two bedrooms belonging to the youngster’s bedroom on first floor as demanded in the brief. This triple height void is decorated with a self embossed organic mural flanked on one of the surfaces.
The special movement through the house is orchestrated by the placement of single and double height volumes. The family on both the floors is connected by the double height dining and puja area. A nice break-out balcony is placed on first floor towards the semi open sheltered deck and car park connecting the family on first floor to the garden on ground floor.
The structure is RCC frame with brick infill. Familiar palette of materials in central Indian landscape like brick, cudappah, marble, cement plastered and paved surfaces along with wood and natural stone adds to the textural dimension of the house. Rainwater harvesting and solar heating strategies cut down on the fresh water and the energy needs.