In this residence, natural light is the Showstopper | Studio Bāham Architects

Soaring up to three levels, Studio Bāham architects have captured natural light and its nuances in the most artistical way.

Selling a vision of a lifestyle is part of our jobs as architects. We seldom come across projects, where the brief is to adjust the design around the client’s lifestyle. We had an instance like this where we were asked to create a house with ample natural light yet introverted, a house with many windows yet private, and a house that is tall yet feels humble.

Editor’s note: As rays of the sun penetrate through the volumetric form and rectangular cutouts, Everyday House lives in a state of irony. The play of light and shadows occurs in the most non-monotonous way, making it the distinct element that ties the areas and not the sprawling staircase, which at first sight seems obvious. Connection, togetherness, and the effort to become one are jubilant. ~ Nishal Sevak

In this residence, natural light is the Showstopper | Studio Bāham Architects

The site, located in Vadodara, made sense to incorporate a courtyard-like situation as Vadodara lies in a hot, dry climate. Challenge was to carve this out from a small plot size of 1100 sq.ft, and still manage to add all functional requirements. 

The ground floor is reserved for utilities and parking, creating a stilt situation for the house to sit upon. The light well is strategically placed within the house to allow even distribution of the site into two parts. The built mass is staggered to allow for maximum utilization of volume. 

The level difference between various spaces is enough to create a sense of privacy within them. In situations of split levels, often, the staircase is the core that holds all spaces together. It is the protagonist in the house, everything revolves around it. It is loud and always visible.

And, its love interest is the beautiful courtyard, appropriated next to it. It is humble and has a Zen-like calm, but again always visible.

They sit together, right in the center of the house. All spaces, wanting to be introverted, open into this core- sometimes as a balcony, and other times as punctures of various scales trying to borrow natural light from it.

Each space gets a piece of the light well. However, the staircase core gives a maximalist experience of the entirety of light well. 

To capture ample natural daylight, just the light well would not have been enough. Eventually, all spaces are borrowing light from the exterior surface of the house as well. They are either lifted from general sill and lintel levels, or have smaller puncture, or are in various shapes and sizes framing the exterior views to borrow natural light. Avoiding large windows of regular sizes keeps the home an introvert structure, allows for ample natural light and ventilation and keeps the privacy intact.

Fact File

Designed by: Studio Bāham Architects

Project Type: Residential Architecture Design

Project Name: Everyday House

Location: Vadodara

Year Built: 2022

Built-up Area: 3061 Sq.ft

Principle Architect: Harsh Chauhan

Photograph Courtesy: Dhruvil Shah

Design, Exicution and Model Making: Vishal Goswami

Exicution: Rima Zanzmeria & Dhaval Rami

Design: Forum Shah

Firm’s Instagram Link: Studio Bāham Architects

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