19.Bagrecha Residence | Cadence Architects
Placed in a residential context, the site is located at a corner and is abutted by roads on two sides. The context didn’t allow for too much interaction, hence the design required us to create a dynamic interaction between the spaces within the house. Transitional areas between the public and private spaces help separate functions and enable intermingling of spatial volumes.
An introverted plan enabled us to have minimalist surfaces on the exterior. As per the client’s requirements, all private spaces were to be on one floor. Public spaces were at the first floor, with services and a car park on the ground level. Owing to the constraints of the small size of the site, it was crucial to maximizing spaces allocated to various functions. This was achieved by playing with volumes. A double height living room gave a sense of expanse and it provided a visual connect from the second level. In order to break the monotony of the built versus unbuilt, a courtyard was introduced on the first level. To compliment the double height volumes on the inside, the courtyard was also made double height and accessible at the second level, thereby internalizing it and it acts as an extension of the private spaces. With the introduction of the double-height courtyard, the facade appears hollowed out and fitted with a play of planes and materials.
Photographs: Anand Jaju