The project is located in Mohali, a satellite town of Chandigarh that is witnessing fast-paced growth, like most Indian cities.
The brief of the client, a builder, was to design a house for selling that would be universal in character so that it is acceptable and appreciated by all kinds of end users ranging from a high-earning professional to a wealthy farmer.
The overall concept was devised as a free plan with overlapping spaces to allow flexibility. However, the movement was choreographed to unfold the layers as one moves along the vertical axis of the house. The overall space is organized around a central courtyard that not only allows for light and ventilation, but also serves as a means of introducing space in the interior that is excluded by the covered area regulated by the building bylaws. The aim of the design, i.e., to respond to universality, has been adhered to by keeping in mind the principles of Vaastushastra (an ancient science that a number of users want to follow).
Although the overall spirit of the space is strongly Indian in character, with emphases on transcendent spaces like the verandahs and covered terraces, the architectural vocabulary is completely contemporary with universal detailing. The interiors were conceived as a space defined by planes turning and intersecting, while in some cases, carefully sliding over each other.
Another important aspect of the concept was the emphasis on ambiguous boundaries, which is manifested, literally, in the project’s peripheral boundary walls.
The dwelling unit had a total of five bedrooms. The ground floor houses all the public areas and two bedrooms, while the first floor has three bedrooms along with a central space that is integrated with the large front-covered terrace.
The material palette of the house is very restrained and neutral in the interiors. However, strong and rough textures have been used in most of the landscaped areas, including the central courtyard.