Situated in fringes of Ahmedabad, the house is spread over 460 sqmt of land. The brief of the project was to design an introvert house for three generation of the family. The design idea was to respond to the climate and hence orientation. An introvert house which is opaque to the outside and open to the inside. Given the rectangular geometry of the plot, the idea was to place the functions in a linear fashion along the length with a puncture in between to bring in light and ventilation.
With hot and dry climate of Ahmedabad, courtyard is the most efficient spatial tool. Courtyard- A void in the space became the soul of the project. The plan emerged as a “C” shaped building with volumes places parallel to each other, imagining the court to also be a volume – the un-built one. The ground floor welcomes the residents at the center. The entry is at the center, hiding the court behind the vestibule, with a glimpse through the service entry. The jewel opens once we enter the house. What seemed to be a opaque volume from outside becomes a transparent box from inside – the north face of the volumes open up bringing in waves of light.
Formal space opens to the entry area, yet showing the inner court, but not accessible. The dinning and the family space open to this court with view from south wall to north wall. The plan becomes open. The full width of the plot is visible. The house allows spill over from the dining and family space to the court as extended living space. The kitchen with utility area accessible from the east side serves this living space. The double height volume with stair adds to this space making one feel at joy. The passage leads to the inner private spaces of two bedrooms, one master and other for the guest. The master bedroom with a panoramic window to the court allows visual participation and yet can be cutoff when required. The master toilet has a small linear garden, allowing shrubs to peep in.