CUBES – Multi Dwelling Residence, at Rajkot by Bridge Studio

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Text: Bridge Studio Photography: © Radhika Pandit, Satyam Dave

CUBES - Multi Dwelling Residence, at Rajkot by Bridge Studio 1

The word “CUBES” is derived from the form of the building itself. The architecture of ‘cubes’ is highly influenced by the work of legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and reflecting his famous saying “LESS IS MORE”.

“CUBES” has a very simple rectangular form which is the amalgamation of four cubes where each cube holds one particular function. Living, dining and kitchen bounds within its form.

Plan

Eastern facade of the building is full of glass to allow morning sunlight within functional spaces. Sliding windows allow us to merge inner spaces with outer spaces (i.e. backyard deck with swimming pool) results into again flexible plan and multifunctional spaces. Southern facade has no opening to obstruct harsh sunlight. Western facade has 3′-6″ entrance within 14′-0″ high standing wall making a benchmark entrance which hides the surprised eastern opening on the other side.
All villas are detached from each other creating another access to the pool and garden without disturbing inner spaces and also it acts as service entry for the same during functions at villa.

Landscape area has trees bearing different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Its compound wall is avoided of masonry. It has bamboo fence with creepers all over so that one ends its vision with greenery from within.
The architecture of the project justifies the statement “Form follows function”. The project truly reflects the architect’s principles that the shape of the building should primarily base upon its intended function or purpose.

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