20+ Remarkable Modern House Design in India - Page 21 of 22 - The Architects Diary

20+ Remarkable Modern House Design in India

22.AMRITA SHERGIL MARG HOUSE | Bedmar and Shi

Elegantly poised atop its granite pedestal, this beautifully crafted home in India is truly a temple for the body, as well as a captivating repository of stories. Engraved both into its spatial organization and into the details of the house, these are stories of traditions and beliefs, of customs and of the relationship of the body to nature. With a simple and poetic clarity, these stories and are all told through the modern architectural interpretation of sensitive designers at Bedmar and Shi. This house, which is located in the highly prestigious and beautifully landscaped region of Amrita Shergil in Delhi, India, was to present Ernesto Bedmar with one of his greatest challenges to date. Due to its wealth of socio-cultural references as well as a more temperate climate than the tropical environments in which the designer is more familiar, the design marks a daring departure from the rest of Bedmar’s earlier works. The surrounding neighbourhood is full of greenery and is a highly conserved area of very horizontal houses, mostly single

 storey, that sit on elevated platforms and are topped with flat roofs. These flat roofs are still heavily used by the occupants as terraces because from this height they enjoy the desirable winter breezes. Due to the dilapidated state of the original building which was on the site, its demolition was permitted. The new building was given the restrictions of a large 9 meter setback from Lodhi Road and a height control of no higher than the original house. Bedmar’s approach to the design was to allow the architecture to be as neutral as possible so that the pure forms and spaces can then become a backdrop for the beautiful Indian textiles and arts. He chose as a reference and inspiration the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies Van der Rohe. The purity of the International Style of this architectural masterpiece as well as the notion of free flowing spaces were to influence Bedmar’s design of the Amrita Shergil Marg house and become the canvas upon which he overlaid elements of the Indian culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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