• A House Where Posh Lifestyle And Sustainability Gets Together | Forum Advaita

    The client Mr. and Mrs. Khosla who come from the army background desired to have a house that talks opulence considering their past references. being travelers the clients had a huge collection of artifacts which required to be accommodated. A house where posh lifestyle and sustainability gets together. The deep plot size was a challenge in itself.  The metaphor of a cocoon was used to create the entire built form.

    A House Where Posh Lifestyle And Sustainability Gets Together | Forum Advaita

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    Editor’s note :The house reflects quite an eclectic taste through the couples’ collective artifacts, highlighting relatively simple interiors. Where, architecturally, the house in itself explores intriguing volumetric plays inside-out, forming cozy nooks enjoyed by the family. ~ Aditi Shah (editor)

    The house being a southwest facing was imagined to be a largely inward looking house that offers multiple experiences within. The depth of the plot being 90 ft was used to the advantage by creating the built around the periphery and keeping the central part open. The idea was to create an oversized cocoon as an archetype where one enjoys a large enclosure within.

    The length of the plot was used to enhance the experience of unfolding experiences. The entrance is planned from the southwest corner into a foyer space and one’s vision travels straight onto the diagonally opposite corner getting clues of the greens in the backyard.

    Then there are a set of planes that appear to unfold the spaces in between. The light of the central courtyard makes one move towards it and arrive in the middle of the site width with sunken courtyard flooded with natural light on one side and a relatively dark seating arrangement with a beam of light from a linear skylight on the other.

    The formal seating adjacent to the internal staircase is also separated by a plane with a cutout that offers framed views from the other side and also leads one to the upper level.

    where the second step is shaped to be tapered to communicate the idea of opening up the diagonal route.

    This further leads one towards the Bar and dining with the last plane unfolding the kitchen area. These multiple framed openings allowed the users to exhibit their belongings from travels.

    The sunken courtyard has the bar behind one plane with a cutout that allows one to connect to the court space from the bar area.

    The only bedroom on the ground floor towards the front side has one window opening towards the courtyard that received the natural light from the court space. The other being towards the entrance verandah.

    The house is a southwest facing unit received the harsh summer sun for good 6 months of the year. In order to make it passively cool the services like the toilets and the wardrobe spaces were positioned in the front side to block the south west sun and keep the interiors cooler. As a result both the bedrooms towards the west corner on the two levels receive natural light from the courtyard space. The first floor toilets were kept at a low height to allow some more natural filtered light between the slabs through glass bricks.

    The harsh natural light from south west was controlled by deepening the verandah spaces to create shaded spaces during summers and also enjoy the winter sun during the late afternoons. The openings in the toilets have also been recessed and given a form following square as the basic shape. The hollow cube of the upper level verandah  in connect with the square openings of the toilets allowed us to create an expression of planes in interaction  with the protruding boxes. The use of brick cladding allowed the hint of the context the house was sitting in.

    Fact File

    Designed by : Forum Advaita

    Project Type : Residential Architecture Design

    Project Name : The Cucoon House

    Location : Mohali, Ajit Singh Nagar,  Chandigarh, Punjab

    Year Built : 2022

    Built-up Area : 6500 Sq.ft

    Principal Architect : Ar. Aman Sohal

    Team Design Credits : Niharika, Masharaa

    Photograph Courtesy : Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

    Clients : Mr. Sarabjit Khosla

    Structural Consultants : Sukham Raj

    Firm’s Website Link : Forum Advaita

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