The key design feature in this expected developer residential building is the interlocking of volumes and planes on its façade as an interface to the very busy street to its front. Defined by its volumetric language and with careful use of material palette, the form changes its character during the course of day with it’s ever changing light and shadow configurations.
The entry to this four storey house is through an atrium housing a spectacular hanging glass staircase that blends three floors of the apartment block. The staircase spanning from the basement to the ground floor is suspended over a gleaming water body at the floor of the basement level. The sound of the cascading water accentuates the experience of movement through this space. The atrium is enclosed inside eighteen feet high laminated glass walls on two sides giving clear views to the front. This triple height volume opens the corner of the house to the outside. Its striking form reinforces the importance of the entrance and creates a natural buffer to the main road as well.
Another ambitious structural element quite evident outside the atrium is the steel column that supports the upper floors making the building hover above this corner. The expression is further enhanced by an extended parasol on the roof level which is made of steel and glass. It forms an umbrella over the whole structure giving shade to its balconies and terraces to the front. Since the house faced north, it meant that both its longer east and west faces were at the receiving end of intense summer heat. This was tackled with extensive use of solid surfaces on to these sides. Wherever there was fenestration to be provided, care was taken to keep the punctures deep and less wide. Moreover, timber louvers were provided where window sizes were large both to minimize the heat gain but also to provide privacy from the adjacent buildings.
Smooth white rendered cube forms; with use of materials like grey granite, timber and timber louvers gives this residential building a striking presence on the busy boulevard of a posh residential neighborhood. The idea to keep the building simple in white with use of fewer cladding materials was intentional with building doing most of the dialogue with its play of these volumes.Architect: DADA Partners | Sumit Arora Photography LIGHTZONE: Ranjan Sharma Builder: Sanskar Homes Structural Consultants: Sudhtechnical Consultants Pvt Ltd. Contractor: Jageshwar Singh Constructions Landscape: Design and Development Atelier (DADA)