The client belonging to the affluent but grounded community of Patels from north Gujarat wanted a dwelling for a family of 5 was required to have 5 bedrooms for 3 generations living together. Apart from public and semi public areas and a support staff of two families, a home theater for family entertainment was also a requirement.
The site is located in a residential area abuts a 30 mt wide road and is facing north. The plot is 3000 sq mts and is flanked by residences on east & west side while the south is currently open. The north south axis of the plot generated a balanced and symmetric approach to the requirements of the residents. The north south east-west axis intersect in a open to sky courtyard forming the core of the residence where all the functions overlook.
This became the source of wind, light, communication and convergence of the entire residence. The huge backyard having a detached gym and gazebo is in direct visual connection right from the main entrance as the entire north south axis is left visually barrier free.
The ground floor houses the public area of formal living, family dining, puja and kitchen with service & party kitchen and servant quarters and a mothers and a guest bedroom. While the first floor houses 3 bedrooms, home theater, pantry & a multipurpose space. The variation of different scales takes us thru the interesting journey from entrance verandah, to the double height vestibule, the bridge, to open to sky courtyard a bridge again to a pyramidal triple height dining to the covered sit out at the backyard is what makes the residence unique & soulful with abundance of natural light and ventilation flooding in the entire house. The dark & natural polished kota stone gives the warmth of a home. The facade a play of rectangles in relief is treated in natural wood balanced with white. The entrance is a heavy cantilevered mass engulfed in corten steel to keep the earthiness in the residence.
The residence was an outcome of many disciplines coming together, apart from architecture and interior design we had landscape designer, lighting designer, textile designer, mural artist, painting artist and fabric designers to complete this in entirety. A home is a place where we spend most of the time of our life and we believe that comfort is at prime for a good life. A well ventilated and lit house gives healthy living which keeps the occupants content.