Fort House at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, by Sameep Padora and Associates



The primary
program brief from the couple who owned the house was a desire to
build a house that was to be their ‘fortress
from the cacophony of the world outside’

while creating a sizable space to be used frequently for entertaining
friends and guests.

Site Plan

forts as a primer the formal development of the project attempts to
balance a need for privacy/protection from the outside while
developing layered and tiered open spaces for social engagement.

Privacy & Scale

Our first effort
was to distance the notion of privacy from that of scale.

Formally the
boundary wall becomes part of the three parallel limestone clad wall
set that configure program between them and ascend in height as they
gain distance from the street scaling the house down to human

Wearing the Courtyard Inside Out

This need for
privacy and climatic sheltering on the south side street (to mitigate
the harsh southern sun) creates a largely impervious facade. The
solidity of this construct is completely obliterated once inside the
house by sectional overlapping and linked multilevel a hybrid
courtyard that is both internalised and external and hence becomes a
container for the massive entertainment space required by the client.
This void/court
cuts the through the sectional width of the house becoming a
programmatic connect for the independently accessible strands of
private (family) and public (work &entertainment) spaces that
intersect in the physical centre of the house.


Project: Private Home
MEP Consultant: R.N. Joshi
Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Structural Consultant: Facet
Size: 1300 sq. meters.
Year of Completion: March2014
Design Team: Viresh Mhatre, Harsha Nalwaya, Aanoshka Choksi, Mythili Shetty
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

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