Floating Walls Residence at Bangalore, Karnataka, by Crest Architects

Floating House, at Bangalore, by Crest Architects

Floating Walls Residence at Bangalore, Karnataka, by Crest Architects 3Nestled in the backdrop of a metropolis, the Floating Walls Residence, by Crest Architects, an escape from the city life. The plot for this house sits in a densely populated locality. The major concern was finding an intimate space in the crowd and arriving at a visually engaging structure amidst the chaotic background. The client’s brief called for a simple and spacious Vaastu compliant house for a family of five.

An introverted open plan layout has been adopted to create a seamless flow of spaces and to ensure connectivity across the floors. Designed around two landscaped courtyards, the building program is spread across three floors consisting of a parking area, formal and informal living, an open kitchen and dining, five bedrooms, a study and a semi-open terrace with a kitchenette. Both the courtyards have been strategically designed with skylights to bring in maximum light.

One is welcomed into the house by a 4” thick Sadahalli stone slab bridging over the Koi fish pond and a series of large granite steps. The traditional concept of load-bearing and counterweight system has been used in the screen wall by cantilevering 2″ thick Sadahalli slab, to create a dramatic impact at the entrance. Clear glass has been used in the formal and informal areas to establish a strong relationship with the outside. The central dining space is flanked by courts on both sides creating a tranquil ambience.

Inspired by the Japanese art form, Origami, the captivating metal staircase in the southern court is cantilevered from a suspended wall unfolding a distinctive experience and a sense of lightness within the house. The northern court anchors the entire built space bringing in abundant natural light, providing a visual connection between the floors and setting a refreshing ambience. Canopied by a temple tree, the artfully designed puja sits as a distinguishing sculpture in this court. A transparent layer of glass introduced to bring in light to the rooms overlooking the courtyard has been furnished with fabric panels that provide the flexibility of usage to the inhabitants. All these spaces within the house are wrapped around the courtyards, which symbolizes the ‘exterior’ within this introverted scheme. Skylights and multiple slits integrated into the design keep the interiors well lit accentuates the spatial experience and make certain of a connection with nature that largely lacks in today’s urban world.

The interiors are kept simple and have been devised with great attention to detail to blend smoothly with the architectural elements. Natural textures of wood and exposed concrete amidst the subtle elements and neutral colour palettes with accents like olive green, navy blue, crimson red and burnt orange create elegant spaces that exemplify a comprehensively designed urban home.

The exterior surfaces are a blend of clean white walls juxtaposed against timber and glass. A series of staggered slits have been deliberately positioned at unconventional heights throughout the building to allow light and maximum views of the outside without compromising on privacy. The striking inclined wall introduced at the front elevates the overall massing and adds a sense of dynamism to the building.

The house is a display of intertwined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to filter in ample natural light and ventilation while ensuring a comfortable living environment. It adheres to the site conditions and has a strong element of individuality that enhances the quality of living through well-stitched spaces, materials, techniques, craftsmanship and infuses the interiors with personalized detailing to create profound experiences. The slits and openings in the building have been designed to create an illusion of levitating masses, hence the name – Floating Walls.

Project name: Floating Walls Residence

Company name: Crest Architects

Project Location: Bangalore, India

Completion Year: 2019

Principal Architects: Vishwas Venkat and Vikas MV

Project team: Shreya Ramachandra, Vikas MV and Vishwas Venkat

Built-up Area: 4266 sqft

List of products used in the project

  1. Toto – Sanitaryware
  2. Kohler – Sanitaryware
  3. Saint Gobain – Glass
  4. Grohe – Bath fittings
  5. Natuzzi – Furniture
  6. Script – Furniture
  7. D’decor – Curtains and accessories
  8. Kosh Studio – Curtains and accessories
  9. Wurfel – Modular Kitchen

Urban Adobe, at Tumkur, by Studio WhiteScape

Urban Adobe, at Tumkur, by Studio WhiteScape

H O U S E    S R I N I V A SUrban Adobe, at Tumkur, by Studio WhiteScape 7

Urban Adobe by Studio Whitescape, is conceived as a residence that emphasizes the fundamental values of family dwelling that our Indian societies thrive upon, through the articulation of varied spaces. The house is designed for a joint family of 8 members and to accommodate a further extended family at times of celebration and festivity.

This design exploits the site with its longer side facing the road, which is dictated by its spatial organization that results in the creation of different levels which is instrumental in segregating functional spaces.

The main objective of the design is to create a sense of constant dynamism throughout the residence with the use of abundant interactive areas at different levels through staggering volumes. These common areas are designated to the lower levels whereas the private zones are placed in the upper levels. Spaces like dining, kitchen, pooja & bedrooms are paired with adjacent courtyards or water bodies on every level. A unique feature is a skylight in the double-height family space that consists of an array of conical volumes that is abstracted from the earthen mud pots used in traditional houses used to bring diffused light into the volume.

The residence possesses a strong graphic language of rhythmic striations which becomes the organizing principle of the design, to retain scale within this very large volume. These bands translate into a series of vertical surfaces with a different story unveiling in each volume subtended between two surfaces. Finishes of concrete and funder max are used to complement the white walls of the façade. What is unique about this house is that it’s hard to call anything a room, but a union of versatile zones. The house evokes luxury in its play of spaces & volumes and the unique visual quality within the house connects one space with the next. The strategy of bonding allows for the use of distinct spaces and volume without impacting the architectural sensibility or destroying the cohesive narrative.

In a nutshell, this project is a unique juxtaposition of a traditional Indian family with traditional living principles and traditional craft and materials, but at the same time, it is conceived as an extremely contemporary and modern house. This house represents luxury that is redefined: the luxury of spaces, the luxury of comfort, the luxury of exploration, luxury in terms of freedom with experimentation which the client allowed, and finally, the luxury of different experiences.

Projects Facts –

Project Title                 :”Urban Adobe”

Location                         :Tumkur

Typology                        : Residential

Area                                : 6000 sft

Year                                 : January 2018

Design Team               : Manjunath CN, Rajesh Jain & Sangeetha .

La Victoria at Eucador, by J2IBStudio

La Victoria

La Victoria at Eucador, by J2IBStudio 11La Victoria comes to fruition given the need of creating a new area adjacent to a weekend home for a big family, located on the outskirts of the city of Quito, Ecuador. With the idea of generating spaces for leisure as well as family gatherings, the project includes two wide-open areas connected amongst each other which function as a family and game room, the other space serves as a lounge-dining area, with an integrated kitchen. This project is complemented with servant spaces such as bathrooms and storage, wrapped around a big green patio area that serves as a garden for the main house.

The project mimics the natural landscape of the site due to the strategy of adapting the architectural volume to the terrain. From behind, the building is almost lost and it does not show its real magnitude, nor does it interfere with the view from the site to the nearby valleys and mountains. The visual pattern is a determinant factor on the placement of the building, thus the volumes are positioned to frame the view as well as possible. Also, the placement corresponds to an east-west axis line to try to take in the natural light as much as possible, but more than anything the previously mentioned view from the site.

Although from certain spots on the surrounding land, the project practically disappears, the architectural volume has a height of 4m tall, and the project creates open areas of 8m wide and 20m in length. Because of this, a constructive strategy had to be planned to allow these spaces to come to fruition while trying to avoid the placement of columns inside the space that might have divided the open areas or interfere with the view. The height of the spaces comes from the strategy of dealing with the specific microclimate of the area, which tends to be quite hotter than the weather in Quito city. The placement of the openings in the volumes corresponds to the idea of creating cross ventilation inside the spaces, especially in the lounge-dining area.

Besides the engineering difficulties, the project proposes slanted walls on the ends of the architectural volumes, which are an essential element of the esthetic of the project and it corresponds to the idea of wanting to bring the mountain shapes near the site to the terrain itself.

The project is thought in such a way that the articulation of the spaces does not interfere with the view from the site, which is why the architectural volumes are plain white with pronounced edges and some walls made of exposed concrete to contrast the white. The interior design also follows this program with plain white walls and ceiling that contrasts with grey flooring.

It is worth mentioning that the spaces created can also function as a place for events reception since the project presents open areas as well as staff areas for that complimentary use of the space.

Project Name: La Victoria

Architecture Firm: j2ibstudio

Firm Location: Ecuador

Gross Built Area: 400 m2

Project Location:  Ecuador

Lead Architect:  Arch. Juan Jose Izurieta

Renderings credits:    Juan Diego Gonzáles 

                                                Arq. Juan José Izurieta  

 Additional Credits

Designer:  Arch. Juan Jose Izurieta

Clients: MG

Collaborators: Arch. Nicole del Rosario

Flux Farm (F2) at Gurgaon, by Raj Karan Designs

Flux Farm (F2) by Raj Karan Designs

Flux Farm (F2) at Gurgaon, by Raj Karan Designs 15Architects: Raj Karan Designs

Location: Near ITC Grand Bharat, Gurgaon, India

Project Year: 2019

Site Area: 3 Acres

Category: Farmhouse Design

Design Team: Guneet Raj Singh, Karan Chowdhary

The site is a hideaway, embraced by the Aravali Range with its greenery punctuated by quarried Rock, Kota village and the ITC golf course.The client being a golf enthusiast and having farming as a hobby, desired to use the place as a weekend getaway from his city life.

Client’s brief was to create a farmhouse which would merge with its surroundings. Finishes were to have minimum required maintenance as the place would be used only once in a week. The vocabulary of the place was identified to resonate with the client’s personality – a symphony of contemporary and rustic.

The site is of 3 acres, zoning of the which has been done in three parts, Main House, Servant Quarters and the Fields.

1.5 acres allocated to the fields and 1.5 acres to the Main House with its manicured gardens and a separate annex for the servant quarters with livestock placed next to it.

The services of the whole site are located at the annex for ease of maintenance.

It’s a Flux in its varied contexts of an Urban Golf Course, a rustic village and the natural hills.

It’s a Flux between the outdoors and the indoors.

It’s a Flux between the fields and manicured gardens.

It’s a Flux in Structural Contrast.

It’s a Flux between the Rustic and the Contemporary.

It’s a Flux of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency.

The foremost priority is not only the idea to merge the boundaries of the building with the natural background of the Aravalies, fluidly connecting the indoors with the outdoors, but also of highlighting constructional simplicity and pure lines while being Sustainable and Energy Efficient.

Local construction system of Steel Girder with Stone Slabs (tukdi) technique is juxtaposed with the framed concrete structure.

The structural variation also creates segregation of public and private spaces. The public spaces of the entrance foyer, drawing dining leading up to the deck has been given a rustic feel through the Steel N Stone construction, whereas the private bedrooms and the kitchen on the ground floor are constructed using the framed concrete construction. The fusion of two construction techniques has been used to create a column-less structure to give an uninterrupted view of the neighbouring golf course.

The combination of natural materials, exposed brickwork and stone masonry has been used to make the building blend harmoniously with the surrounding natural context, forming an extension to the quarry pattern on the hills that surround it. Rough Stone, Sleek Metal, Wooden Grains and Plush finishes are the talk when thinking of the interior spaces.

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency is the underlying basis of the overall design planning.

This is achieved by using passive thermal control though thermal buffering and ensuring naturally lit spaces.

We enter into an internal courtyard which is a buffer space in terms of circulation and climate control while continuing to erase the boundaries between the interior and the exterior. Located on the south west side, it acts as a thermal buffer, along with the ZigZag wall created on the west façade which castes its own shadow and reduces&contains the heat gain. The courtyard is installed with industrial fans that are camouflaged in the ceiling pattern. This generates air circulation hence creating a natural breeze through the house, in turn largely reducing the energy consumption for cooling requirement.

The minimum electricity consumption required is provided from solar power system.

Use of local material is maximised to meet the concept requirements in turn adding to the sustainability of the construction.

At the entrance itself, the surrounding golf course view is brought to focus by the framed visual axis through the Formal Drawing Room. The overall design creates uninterrupted views from all spaces in such a way that the users are able to relish the outside natural surrounding while being inside. The internal Courtyard is a span of 6x6m which is given a seamless pattern to add to the experience to the place.

Residence ‘Nirant’, at Surat, Gujarat by Krutam Design Studio

Krutam Design Studio

Residence 'Nirant', at Surat, Gujarat by Krutam Design Studio 19General Information:

Project Name               : Nirant

Design Team                 : Ar. Manoj Chodvadiya, Ar. Axay Kotadiya, Nikunj Sorathiya

Clients                              : Mr. Rameshbhai Patel

Structure Designer   : Tribhuvangedia

Contractor                     : Sanjaybhai Bhalala

Electrical                         : Atulbhai

Flooring                           : Sohambhai

Carpenter                       : Isverlal

Paint work                      : Jitubhai

Photo credits                : Navneet Dholariya / Krutam Design Studio

Project Description:

nirant’ This private residence is located in surat, gujarat, india. A dream house of Mr. Ramesh Bhai, who wanted a simple design for a medium budget scheme for the site 20’ x 45’. The footprint of the house was approximately 20’ x 42’.

Though it was a small site and not possible to provide windows on longer side of the house because of abutments on either sides. Only source of ventilation was from front and rear sides, challenge was to achieve maximum use of plot, providing abundant natural lighting and ventilation. We worked on a open type planning with a maximum use of skylights and our main intention was to have a sense of large space in a small house, which again has to be clean and airy.

The internal division of 2936 square feet house is also as simple, spaces are divided into semi- private and private zones. The semi-private zone (bed room for their parents, living, kitchen, double heighted dining area, common toilet and a utility closer to kitchen) is contain on lower level and private zone (two bed rooms with attached toilets) being situated on top.

The heart of the house is double height area which brings lights and air both the levels and this area is actually connection between two spaces which avoid a feeling of being isolated also invite natural lights into the space via skylight. both bedroom on upper floor being visually immense and connected with central area of the house and convert into interactive space.

The external facade of the house is just 20’ wide and treated with brick cladding, exposed concrete texture, black fine flex texture and staircase block covered with M.S. Jaali and glass.

According to the client brief, the colour scheme is neutral and material pallet minimal. The internal spaces are given modern touch with simple furniture design which is combination of veneer, laminate and also white & grey colour. The vertical circulation from first level to terrace level happens with a fabricated stairs which covered with natural polished teak wood.

Residence for Mr. Shaheed, at Elangode, Kerala by Nufail Shabana Architects

Nufail Shabana Architects

Residence for Mr. Shaheed, at Elangode, Kerala by Nufail Shabana Architects 53Residence for Mr. Shaheed

Date of completion : 12th august 2018

Location : Elangode , Kerala

Design intent :

A Mellow confluence

Residence for Mr.Shaheed  is designed  for a  modern day family with aesthetic sensibility which recalls their local roots with traditional wooden furniture and dark flooring .the residence interior offers a palette of varying textures and finishes with the tiles used throughout the house.Quite a monochrome theme maintained throughout the house , the central hall gives a space of awe to the viewer with the greenery placed on the side of the deck .


Client brief :

The sitout designed for a traditional family in kerala meets the requirements of the client to provide a cozy evening retreat space for a gathering .The courtyard ,yet another feature placed centrally helps in filtering natural light through the central hall area.

The presence of tall and huge windows throughout the house gives amples natural light adding to the exiting aura of the décor .


The design evolves around the concept of having a subtle interior with monochrome colors and textures throughout the residence .The overall theme is quite minimal ,contemporary and chic  with wall textures to bring in the definition to the wooden furnitures used here.

The black matt finish tiles adds to the palette of finishes as a silent yet powerful underlining element  to give the interior a contemporary and chic look. All toilets have been designed with utmost clarity of space and the subtle look of the tiles selected add to the glamour and fineness of the theme …


Ranjekar House, at Khanapur, Maharashtra, by M+P Architects Collaborative

Ranjnekar House - M+P architects, pune

Ranjnekar House - M+P architects, puneThe half-acre contoured site is a quiet and breezy place with an ancient fort towering on one side and views of farms and deciduous foliage on other sides. A stream runs along the north boundary of the site. Our client grows vegetables and local fruit trees on this little piece of land. This small house is designed for him to spend time with family and friends on weekends.

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The brief was simple- Create a living space for a small family or for a larger gathering for all age groups of people. We added to the program a semi open deck and a covered terrace which ensured good use of the house during torrential rains as well as hot summers.
There existed a retaining wall on site and a beautiful teak tree. We located the house to tightly fit in the corner beyond the teak tree such that the foreground towards the house is maximised. The deck gets a clear view of the surrounds. The corbelled load-bearing brick walls allow for a larger cover on the upper terrace. Openings frame the view of Sinhgad fort which is a beautiful historical landmark. The terrace was also planned to be staggered such that it can be enclosed in the future to create a second space with its own toilet. However small a project, the service requirements are always important, for which we provided a service slab which carried the water tanks and solar PV provisions. The roof floats between the parallel walls thus keeping the east west vista open for sweeping wind.

Building materials:

The foundation was built in plum concrete and RCC. The superstructure was built in locally available red brick. An RCC slab was simply supported on the parallel load-bearing walls. The roof structure was made in MS tube sections and corrugated GI sheet. Teracotta clay tiles were used for the internal flooring, Shahbad stone was used for the deck floor and Kadappa stone was used as staircase treads. Doors and windows were made in powder coated GI sections. External weather shades were made with cement fibre sheet.

For a project that’s thirty kilometres outside the city, the cost of construction usually goes up mainly due to materials transport and labour costs. With this in mind, we kept the design for this residence simple and stacked with the floating deck supported by two columns only. This reduced the foundation and excavation volume itself. The primary building materials – Brick and stone were sourced from local quarries and kilns. The upper floor is a simple semi covered terrace space and the openings also did not require any windows or chajjas. The main walls were purposely left un-plastered from outside to avoid additional material and cost of plaster and paint. All the joints were finished with cement pointing instead to make the walls non porous and clean. This helped keep the cost of civil work low. Simple and easy to maintain finishing material like rough Shahbad, rough kadappa stone, terracotta tiles and grey granite for door frames and window cills were used. Client’s old granite kitchen counter top from their old house was also reused in the pantry. All these strategies helped in the finishing costs in check without compromising on the quality of space and construction. The total per sq.ft. cost of construction for this entire project came to Rs. 1,750/- per sq. ft.

The colour of the stone and brick of this residence ensures that it merges well with the surrounding natural landscape and allows nature to take the centre stage.

Project Facts

Built area: 100 sq m
Project location: Khanapur, Maharashtra – India
Lead Architects: Pooja Chaphalkar and Meghana Kulkarni

Pooja Chaphalkar and Meghana Kulkarni

Additional Credits:
Design team: Sanjay Jadhav, Sanjushree Kose, Tauseef Hasan
Contractor: Mr. Kedar Deokule
Budget: ₹ 17,50,000/-

Regimented House at Kerala, by LIJO.RENY.architects

LIJO.RENY.architects - Regimented House at Kerala

Regimemtd House - Lijo Reny ArchitectsThis project seemed like an Architect’s dream at first but upon closer understanding, of the site and the brief, revealed its complex nature. The seemingly large plot of 2.45 acres, populated with a variety of trees – small and large, was to be shared between the client and his brother, who had an existing house on site, without any compound wall in between. However, an informal pedestrian path, allowing the plot at the back access to the main road, literally cut the site into two. Moreover, the extending site towards the south, marked aside for the future commercial activity further reduced the buildable site to a linear strip.

The clients, like many, worried about security and privacy, wanted a strong sense of ownership and exclusivity even without building any walls separating neither the pedestrian path nor his brother’s house. Adding to the complexity was their deep desire for an inside-outside feel for the house, with the inclusion of nature as much as possible.

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Concept Sketch

The result was ‘The Regimented House’. The simple yet formal nature of this built form, with the extended front yard and backyard demarcated by hard landscape grids, established a notion of a boundary, subtle nonetheless potent. Moreover, the grid layout was designed to accommodate landscaped courts of various types to ensure the essential blending in with nature as well as soften the otherwise bold presence of the built mass.

The layout consisted of two simple, yet robust, blocks placed one above the other, separated by a large double height landscaped courtyard acting as a buffer between them. A landscaped entry court was added to blur the transition between the verdant landscape and the seemingly rigid building. The ground floor of the primary bay houses the formal and semiformal functions of the house and the secondary bay has the two bedrooms, one each floor accessed by a staircase. Open dining and a bridge placed in the central court informally connect the two. The layout of the house is designed in such a manner that each room in the house enjoys perfect cross ventilation, making the best of seasonal shifts of winds, keeping the internal temperature at a possible low throughout the year.

The large grid-like openings puncturing the shell of the building were strategically screened with perforated corten steel and G.I pipes to facilitate both privacy and ventilation. When lit up at night, the house looks like a lantern glowing in the woods. Internally, all rooms around the central court open into it by means of large sliding doors that ensure an open layout when desired. This possibility of engaging with a fairly large internal landscape, with trees that may grow to touch the ceiling, gives one the feeling of being outdoors with the elements, enjoying each season, each moment.

The material palette and decor of the house were refined towards simple minimalist possibilities in order to enable an unadulterated experience of the volumetric spaces that connect with the landscape. A combination of carefully curated framed black and white abstract naturescape photographs and mirrors extend this experience to a surreal dimension.

Often, simple designs create warm, everlasting memories. The kids see the house as a large playground enabling them with exciting new experiences each day, and the owners have already slipped into these secure yet comfortable spaces, enjoying the simple pleasure of life.

Project facts:

Location: Tirur, Malappuram, Kerala, India

Client: Mr. Shajahan
Site: 4250 sqm. 1.05 acres (shared by two brothers)
Built-up area: Total – 6850 sq ft.
Completion: December 2017

Design team: Ar. Reny Lijo and Ar. Lijo Jos
Interiors: LIJO.RENY.architects, Muneer
Landscape Concept: LIJO.RENY.architects
Soft Landscape: Gcc Landscape
Structures: Bipin Vallikunnu
Contractors: Muneer, Tirur

Photographs: Praveen Mohandas, Suneesh Suresh, LRa

Awards: Best Residential Project – Vanitha Veedu Architecture Awards  2018

Hues of Copper House at Bengaluru, by Design Boulevard

Design Boulevard - Hues of Copper House

Design Boulevard - Hues of Copper HouseTHE SITE

The site for ‘The Hues of Copper House’ is located in Ramamurthy Nagar, a suburban area that is on its way to rapid development in the north-eastern part of Bengaluru. The client had approached us with a 80 ft x 60 ft plot in the area to house his requirements that would consist of a personal office space, 5 bedrooms, 2 large living areas, one for men and one for the women of the house, a Majlis (a space dedicated for the people of the community to sit together and council), a prayer room and additional amenities like a gymnasium and a home theatre for the family to enjoy.


A key component of our design program was to give great attention to maintain a clear distinction between the private spaces and the common areas. With this strong notion in mind we began conceptualizing. The main feature conceived was the long strip of water body that runs across the entire house while demarcating the 2 functions of the house. Therefore, on one side of this water body, we have the common areas that are purposed to entertain guests and people who frequently visit the client and the family, and is connected through a series of gallery spaces that bridges the private areas which are on the other side of the water body. All of these areas bear down on the water body, glistening in the soft daylight filtered through the skylight, and which also lights up this triple-height void.


It is absolutely imperative for the client to adopt a unique sense of possessiveness towards the project in order to capture the essence of the individualized concept. We studied, analyzed and incorporated a few of the characteristic approaches that are inherently integral to the client’s style of living. Our design for this project is a fresh take on a few features that are essential attributes of the Indo-Islamic Architecture. Spacious common spaces, communicating gallery areas, rhythmic volumes and systematically placed water bodies and landscape pockets within the indoors are the key aspects that shaped the overall planning of the project.


One of the distinctive features of exterior treatment in the Indo-Islamic buildings is to filter and percolate the daylight into the indoors through an external perforated skin that wraps the building. This formed the basis for the structure’s elevation and facade. Further, we decided to use this approach, the most compelling reason being, to maintain the connection of the inside with the outside. Therefore, major part of the exterior skin of the building

was comprised of 4mm M.S sheet, CNC cut with a uniform repetitive pattern to wrap the building from the front and gave it a rose gold finish to make it appear as grand as one would feel whilst walking past one of the Indo- Islamic monuments. Unbeknownst to us, this rose gold ‘jaali’ on the exterior produced subtle hues of copper on the inside due to the sunlight that caressed its surface, transforming the space into an ethereal experience with alternating warm brown hues that is witnessed at different times of the day from dawn to dusk. Along with the rose gold element, we had sandstone, wood and exposed concrete finishes accentuating the sense of the warmth of a home from the outside.


The treatment of the interiors of a living space almost always becomes the core and a challenge of any project. Large volumes, interconnecting spaces, extruding masses generating constructive voids that allow the daylight in, became the strong concept of this house. This would necessarily entail that the interior must be designed to enhance these spaces factoring the luxury attached to it. And this led us to collectively zero in on a bold material palette consisting of the Statuario Marble for the flooring, Beige Sandstone cladding, Solid wood – Walnut finish, Metal – Copper hues, Mirror finish and tones of warm browns to create a sense of richness, at the same time maintaining the warmth and coziness that defines a home.

Some of the dominant features of the interiors are :

  • The double height Walnut wood and Copper mirror panel that gradually turns into a Copper mirror-only ceiling to give the feeling of seamlessness when one gazes at the ceiling. This was further adorned with a gorgeous 3-tier black glass chandelier placed right at the center of it that brilliantly lights up like the Indian sky during Diwali!
  • Our client loved the Rose Gold ‘Jaali’ so much so that he requested we bring in the same prose and language to the inner spaces too. Hence, we customized the railing to evolve into a variation of the pattern similar to the façade, enhanced and elaborate decoration like the Mughal ‘Jaali’ screens.
  • A faceted ceiling detailed in solid wood and Duco finish combined with Copper metal inlay was done for all the Informal lounges overlooking the water body and the living areas.



Project Facts:

Project Name: Hues of Copper House
Completion Year: 2018

Gross Built Area: 965 sq.mt (10385 sq.ft)
Project location: Bengaluru, India
Lead Architects: Muzamil Hasham, Komal Menda Lead Architects

Architecture Firm: Design Boulevard
Firm Location: Bengaluru, India Photo credits: Anand Jaju

Additional Credits
Design Team: Pooja Ram, David Jacob Daniel, Yogesh.M, Vengatesh.R Clients: Mr.Jafar
Structural Engineer: SPECS Consulting Civil Engineers, Bengaluru

Mango Tree House at Saatnavri, Maharashtra, India by Samvad Design Studio, Bengaluru

Mango Tree House at Saatnavri, Maharashtra, India by Samvad Design Studio, Bengaluru 119

Mango Tree House by Samvaad Design StudioIndia has witnessed a trend of middle-class families building weekend retreats in rural hinterlands. This shift in prime inhabitant of the farm from a farmer to urbanised families poses a peculiar challenge of re-imagining the ‘farm house’ – as a secondary home for relaxation by urban users in a rural context.

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Situated amidst a 16 acre farmland, the house is built on a shoe-string budget of 20 lakhs. The project re-examines notions of ‘vernacular’ not as a reductive imagery which cloaks architecture (sloping roofs, mud plaster, clay tile etc); but as a performative tool consistent with the hot and dry climate, aspirations of the urban user and maintenance warranted of a secondary home. Sited on an existing plinth, two muscular masses wrap around the mango tree, tied by an elevated bridge, defining a split-level court. Large shade of the tree and a parasol roof cover the entire structure. The aim was to create multi-functional, closed and semi-open volumes rather than rooms. The living spaces are nebulous, with each part of the court being used differently subject to the time of the day, occasion and season. The utilities are situated on ground floor while sleeping areas are on the upper level.

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Under Construction

A granary is located under the bridge. The extended plinth imparts a foreground to the court and also doubles up as an open space for informal gatherings.

As a response to climate, the two volumes flanking the mango tree have minimal openings on south and west while the larger openings face east. On the upper level, recessed, adjustable fenestrations limits glare while the use of wood without glass prevents heat from being trapped. The material palette is spartan and locally sourced and crafted – a combination of cement-oxide for internal walls and floors, Shahbad stone, a locally available slate for the exterior floor and Central Province Teak wood for fenestrations. Lime plaster on the external walls, thermocol filler slab roof and shade of large fruit bearing trees abutting the house help reduce heat gain from the scorching summers which can soar up to 48 degree Celsius. All furniture is built-in, including the raised bed. Minimal material palette and design along with glaring absence of upholstered surfaces imparts a primal experience apart from reducing maintenance. The mango tree house thus seeks to negotiate urban family needs in a rural setting.

Manoj Patel Design Studio reuses the clay roof tiles in Vadodara residence to minimize the glare from direct sun light.

Manoj Patel Design Studio
Manoj Patel Design Studio
Manoj Patel Design Studio reuses the clay roof tile in the house to create an aesthetic appeal and minimise the direct sun light.

The client was specific about having minimum furniture in the interiors yet should dictate the modern aspects of the house. So the house caters to the artistic, colourful play of graphics with balancing and minimal furniture, define the warmth of the space. Each room, personalized furniture pieces, cantilevered staircase with the fusion of staircase railing, synthesis the overall outcome of the residence.

The decorative doorway and adjacent wall graphics give the foyer a modern theme based look. The beauty of exposed ceiling of the living room illustrates the use of lily gold colour finishes, with complimenting blue fabric furnishings, golden-yellow centre table and dark grey tv wall cabinet. Italian tile flooring gives a classic sense of luxury. The kitchen cabinets are simple, contrasting each other in lily gold colour with white textures. Also, the dinning area is set around the backdrop of the mural made from vernacular clay roof tiles wall garden, having the provision of plantations and lights and central vertical wash basin.

One of the master bedrooms on the upper floor represents a large, elegant ambience, achieved through the use of blue colour palette along with lightly textured laminates use for connecting wooden bed backdrop on both the walls in furniture. Another bedroom on the same floor represents one massive frame in pictorial graphics of pink colour palette in wooden bed backdrop, designed along with groove patterns emphasising the side elements through diffused lightings. From this, one can visualize the bold aesthetics touch added to the interiors with complete comfort.

The main living space with open sit out a garden and functional areas of the house include the kitchen, pooja space, master bedroom on the ground floor, while the upper floors have 2 master bedrooms, kid’s bedroom and a family gathering space on the top. Also, the elevated entrance steps give a secondary access to the sit-out garden on the ground floor as a connecting element.

The architect’s, screening strategy aims to research, discover and create new outcomes from vernacular material every time to stand boldly amongst the neighbourhood fabric. In current times, various costly and high energy consumption materials are used for cladding, which not only harms the environment but also disturbs the balance of ecology.

The design studio has explored another possibility for building screening by reusing of vernacular material, clay roof tiles for an Urban Dwelling in India to comfort its hot climate. The house features double-height volumes, where the east facade surfaces to clad clay roof tiles, depicting the play of earthy red textures with background glazing and white masses. The entire volume of the dwelling also replicates the pattern in the compound wall and entrance gate.

Here, the design studio took an initiative of finding an alternative, by reusing of the clay roof tiles in various pattern applications suitable for facade design in cooling the temperature according to the Indian context. The following concept also infuses the use of natural material in an eclectic style.

The double V-shaped clay tiles, used as a vernacular material, were transformed into an appealing element for the east-facing façade design. The clay tiles are centrally placed tilt at an angle in series, where the grid pattern casts a shadow on one another, by keeping the interior cool and reduction in temperature.

The pattern also displays an undulating aesthetics in straight arrangements of clay tiles due to its tilt installations. The layering of these clay tiles in a contemporary pattern is designed based on Indian temperature context throughout the day, where the background glazing transforms into a shaded element.

Thus the screening turns out to be an affordable and captivating formation, where the local craftsmen get the opportunity to generate more employment and increase their production.

Project Facts

Client: Mr Ripalbhai
Project type: Private House
Architect: Manoj Patel Design Studio
Office Website: www.manojpateldesignstudio.com
Contact Email: manojpatelstudio@gmail.com
Completion Year: August 2019
Built Area: 250 Sq. Mt.
Plot Area: 170 Sq. Mt.
Project Location : Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
Photographer: Darshan Dave

Neem-Aaangan, a house around neem tree in Delhi, by Design Bureau

Neem Aangan-Design Bureau

Neem-Aaangan, a house around neem tree in Delhi, by Design Bureau 155The Earth when it was first seen from space was referred to as a Blue Green dot, this architectural project is about the Green bit in that speck. In this speck lies Delhi as a megalopolis which is under immense environmental stresses, currently the second most populous city in the world, it is projected that it could be the most populous city by 20281. That fact apart it still is one of the greenest cities in the world with more than 7% of it under forests and in 2018 the city saw major protests against the felling of more than 14,000 existing old trees for a large scale government housing project. This ‘proposed’ tree felling exercise was a result of the need to accommodate the thousands of cars in stilts & basements that the occupants of the multi storied housing would have needed. Slowly but steadily the tree cover on the ground floor of the city has died a slow death at the hands of developers, builders and also the bye laws of the city which mandate for stilted car parking even amongst plotted residential development. The car has been given the mandate and the authority to dictate design when it comes to city planning right down to the individual dwelling unit. Recently Delhi has been given the dubious distinction of being one of the most polluted cities in terms of air having very high Particulate matter concentration (PM 2.5 & PM 10) during winters.

This is and was the background context and conversation with which this house tried to engage with. The plot was a 1090 sqm. polygonal site at the southern edge of New Delhi with three existing trees One giant Neem (Indian Lilac) Tree & Two Pilkhan (White Fig) trees. These trees are native to the sub continent and hold a high spiritual and ecological relevance in the sub continent. The site was reached through a narrow 18’ approach road on the southern end and was open towards North and East. The East side had the Gram Panchayat undeveloped open lands (commonly owned village land) with a few trees. This plot size is somewhat unusual for New Delhi and somewhere between a plotted bungalow & a peripheral rural farmhouse.

The client came to us with the brief that they wanted to build an environmentally conscious green residence in a very short duration of 8-12 months for there family, guests and use it as an Airbnb in the near future. They aesthetically preferred it to be a simple and easily maintainable building with a strong preference for a building rendered in all white and minimal or no exterior cladding. It was built in two phases with the civil works, major interior works, interior lighting being done in the first stage in 2016 and the exterior lighting in the second stage in 2018.

Delhi is challenging city climatically having a composite climate with a harsh long summer and a short but intense winter season. The summer is followed by the monsoons which brings a much needed respite from the intense summer heat. The transition from autumn to winters is also very pleasant and the maximum outdoor events take place during that time. The brief prompted us to go back to a valuable lesson imparted during architecture school that a good solution for Delhi’s climate is a North Courtyard and a South Courtyard. The north being suitable for the long summers and the south for the short winters. A two storey U shaped layout was devised with the public areas in one arm (formal drawing/living area), the semi private areas (dining and family lounge) in the centre and the private bedrooms in the other arm. The ground floor had the mothers bedroom, daughters bedroom and guest bedroom and first floor had the sons bedroom, children bed and second guest bedroom. The U shape was placed nestled around the existing trees in the north summer courtyard and a southern side winter courtyard with a double height volume containing the informal family spaces & the vertical circulation sandwiched in between. The west shorter end was kept for the driveway and the main entrance with another entrance opposite to it on the eastern side, which was planned as a future pedestrian path and a way into the eastern garden. The South east corner also had the Mandir which was designed as a massing added onto the existing building and with a textured brick wall. The east has another sunken courtyard which would lead one into the basement proposed as a Den, home office and theatre. Both the entrance volumes were double height volumes to accentuate the entrances and delineate them. The western side of the house was further insulated from the harsh western sun with all the bathrooms and dressing areas planned in that end acting as a buffer zone. The first floor has a small private bathroom courtyard for the sons bedroom on the first floor. The first floor on the southern facade was cantilevered (extended outside) to shade the openings on the ground floor from the summer sun. The first floor also has deep windows on the south side which only allow the lower altitude winter sun to penetrate them. The house was made luxurious and voluminous, airy with floor to floor heights of 12’ and 11’ respectively.

The house is open to views both in the south and the north, east and closed on the west. One can walk from the south courtyard to north courtyard form within the house and completely open it up during events and preferable climatic conditions natural during the monsoons, autumn and sunny winter days. The sun during winters warms the public areas of the house and one can have food in the dining with the winter sun on the table. The house has the flexibility to adapt to weather conditions and accept and deny the both positive and negative aspects of extreme weather conditions.

We consciously decided not to go for a pure rating based approach for designing this house and making it sustainable. Although a computational solar shading, daylight, natural ventilation & renewable energy analysis was done for the project with IGBC green homes as the base system followed. To provide optimal envelop insulation AAC blocks were used for the walls, 1’ thick brick Bat Koba waterproofing on all roofs, a deep false ceiling and a green roof with organic vegetables being grown on the topmost roof. The highest electricity consumption in a house is usually of the air-conditioning this was further optimised by centrally air cooling the living, dining, kitchen and the Mothers and Sons bedroom. The client is currently in the process of installing a 12kw solar panel system on the roof. The grey-water from both the kitchen, main bathrooms, is filtered through a gravel and charcoal based system and collected in a tank for usage in the landscape. The same tank is also connected to the roof rainwater runoff. Although not a sound choice environmentally It was decided to restrict the construction methodology of the house to the more mainstream RCC framed structure with AAC block infill due to time, cost & technical considerations.

In terms of the materiality white paint render was used on the facade with interiors floors in Indian white marble with inserts of jaisalmer borders. In the exterior North courtyard we used rough Kotah Stone with jaisalmer, Indian white marble inserts. The windows were all made on site with locally sourced hardwood and polished. All the flooring material for the house was Indian, being sourced from a 300 km radius form New Delhi. Stone wastage was used by stylizing it in contemporary ways in the skirting, indoor and outdoor flooring patterns, borders based on traditional motifs such as Barfi (Chevron).

As a concluding note contemporary architecture as a discipline excels in fetishizing and objectifying everything within its purview which includes materials, aesthetic flourishes and even the landscape. The courtyard rarely exists now in most urban dwellings and where it does exist it is a stylized space with an ornamental tree with the background of artificial plastic artificial grass. Trees are worshipped, revered as deities and hold a major spiritual significance in the culture and the religions of the subcontinent. The trees in this house grow taller than the house itself in the grand courtyard and during our last visit the client told us that 10-14 species of birds have been spotted in the house and he is currently documenting and photographing them. The house offers a new kind of inclusive design which hints subtly at an inclusivity for other species as well. It suggests that what if design attempted to preserve the ecological even in Urban areas and used that as an aesthetic strategy. In this age of environmental extremities what if it was mandatory to plant an ecologically relevant tree species next to every new plotted residence in New Delhi?

The result of this design process was a house which the clients on there own lovingly named Neemangan – A Patio for the Neem tree.

Project Facts:

Completion Year: 2016
Gross Built Area: 679 sqm.
Project location: New Delhi
Lead Architects: Ameet Singh
Design Team: Shilpy Mehta, Kanika Buddhiraja, Dhruv Agarwal, Deepak Dhanda
Engineering: Acecon
Landscape: Ladybug Landscape Design
Consultants: Shikha Sharma (VSK) – Energy Efficiency, Param Electrical Consultants, PDS consultants

Shroff Residence at Vadodara, Gujarat, by Karan Grover and Associates

Karan Grover and Associates - Shroff Residence

Shroff Residence at Vadodara, Gujarat, by Karan Grover and Associates 181Karan Grover and Associates design an inclusive and simplistic home for the Shroff family in Vadodara.

The couple Mr. & Mrs. Shroff are Vadodara’s most envied and admired couple who devoted a lot of time in uplifting the lives of Gujarat’s rural population. The needs of each family member are completely divergent from a carpentry workshop to a chef kitchen. The complexity of diverging requirements and the manner to put them together was the main challenge.

The plan was kept deceptively simple and the idea was to use natural materials to create a warm inclusive home. The uniqueness of each wing had to be maintained while bringing out a feeling that it was a simple home. The interaction between the spaces inside and outside is extremely compelling and of great visual appeal.

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The driveway is a simple curve brick wall which screens the outline of the residence. Hot air coming into the dining area is cooled by the bamboo jallis and the pergolas shadowing the indoor space creating a dramatic perspective.

The living is an extended space comprising of dining, library and billiards area but without any partitions, which allows the space to give a grand feeling. Also, the accent lighting along with daylight from the courtyard creates an ephemeral setting.

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The use of translucent glass bricks in the washroom serves as an interconnection between the indoor spaces and outdoor spaces.
The intricate cornice detailing in brick running along the periphery of the residence adds to the other unique features making it an archetype of its own.

The project has been awarded in 50 Most Beautiful Houses in India 2012.

Project Facts:

Project Title: Shroff Residence
Client: Mr. Atul Shroff, Mrs. Shruti Shroff
Location: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Start Date: 2008
Completion: 2011
Plot Area: 80,700 sq. ft.
Built Up Area: 13,880 sq. ft.
Structural Consultant: Ambekar Associates
Contractor: Manishi Constructions
Photo Credits: Rahul Gajjar Photography

A sustainable and friendly home for animals at Pune, designed by Studio Osmosis

ResQ Home at Pune - Studio Osmosis

ResQ Home at Pune - Studio OsmosisFor the space that was going to be a home for sick and injured animals, Studio Osmosis put their complete trust in using the recycled and reusable material.  ResQ, an NGO at Pune who is involed in rescuing and providing shelter to sick and injured animals desired the space to be low cost and animal friendly.

The team at Studio Osmosis worked together with Neha Panchamiya on the ResQ Volunteer home as their philosophies and visions aligned, resulting into  a space that is sustainable, ecological and environment friendly, thus reducing the carbon footprint.

The halfway home was planned around an existing tree reinforcing the courtyard concept with c-shaped physical form around creating cooling verandas to make optimum use of the natural light and wind as well as water harvesting. A connected walkway around the courtyard screens the rooms from the elements. Local and eco-friendly materials were used and also built with reused, or recycled or scrap materials from the construction industry. Exposed brick walls, IPS flooring, old antique and recycled wooden furniture, and doors, eclectic lighting imparts a casual and earthy ambience to the place making best use of local labour and techniques and is animal friendly.


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Sunpath Studies
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Manoj Patel Design Studio creates an innovative earthy red colored clay tile cladding facade for a refurbished residence in Vadodara

Manoj Patel Design Studio - Brick House at Vadodara
Manoj Patel Design Studio creates an innovative earthy red colored clay tile cladding facade for a refurbished residence in Vadodara 204Manoj Patel Design Studio creates an innovative earthy red coloured clay tile cladding facade for a refurbished residence in Vadodara.

Alternating between the surrounding and aesthetics (use of earthy red colored clay tiles) adapts with an innovative and practical approach for facade cladding that lends connection to the overall space. This play between the textures and volumetric massing provides series of terraces at different levels to enhance the box shaped volume of dwelling and tends to drop gradually with towering floors.

The total residential space of 90 sqm plot area with 220 sqm of total built-up area, is designed to accommodate the living room,1 master bedroom, kitchen with dining seating on the lower floor; 3 master bedrooms on the first floor and 1 multi-purpose space for family gathering on the top floor.

The simple methodology of creating an innovative earthy red colored clay tile cladding facade, also ensured that local workers would be employed for carrying out this work without any requirement for special knowledge. Thus clay roof tiles turn out to be economical, attractive and generate more employment to the labors doing such unique craftsmanship.

Project Introduction:

This refurbished private residence is located in Vadodara; Gujarat, India, which is planned in an organized manner, where the voids create air corridors in the internal as well as external spaces. Each space possess 2 large openings in opposite directions for ample of airflow and natural lighting into the spaces, creating a warm and illuminated space.

Each space functions in its own aspect by amalgamating visual connectivity across levels, through punctured huge balconies, projecting out on different levels and sides.

Also the second floor balcony glazing is covered with a large canopy that features as a barrier at the same time makes the space look voluminous. The canopy acts an interactive link with first floor covered balcony and also illustrates the roofing patterns emerged from the clay tile arrangement in metal grills, making it look as a whole connected frame mass.
The west facade has no openings on first floor, which provides a large surface area for clay roof tile elevation adding to its rich textural quality of the facade. The designing team, explored and identified waste, recyclable, cost effective and longetivity in clay roof tiles as a material.

Here, the use of ridged V-shaped sloping roof clay tiles as a vernacular material of dimensions 10″ height X 8″ depth X 4″wide, has been interestingly transformed into a captivating contemporary elevational facade, creating a series of continuous pattern.  Here the ratio of 40% of waste clay tiles at free cost and 60% of new clay tiles at Rs 10 INR per piece, were collected, cut into 6-8 parts of 1″ wide, which are fixed in with chemical solution against the available perpendicular surface of wall at 45˚ and crafted into a customized series for obtaining an everlasting beauty and endless zigzag pattern formations of the facade.

Furthermore, the layering of this horizontal and vertical clay tiles is designed on the basis of sun’s movement from south to west direction throughout the day as per Indian context, which keeps the area shaded by reduction in temperature.

An illusionist display is casted on the uniform surface of the wall through these angular patterns, which transforms the solid form into more organic mass.

Thus this, urban refurbished dwelling in clay roof tiles facade, carved out its own character through contrasting red colored earthy textures and in volumetric masses, becoming a distinguishing dwelling amongst the surrounding street.

Project Facts:

Client : Mr. Sanjaybhai’s House
Project type : Private House
Architect : Manoj Patel Design Studio
Office Website : www.manojpateldesignstudio.com
Completion Year : December 2018
Built Area : 220 Sq. Mt.
Plot are : 90 Sq. Mt.
Project Location : Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
Design Team : Manoj Patel, Shivani Tamboli, Aishwarya Gupte, Krupa Kapadia.