“The effect of natural light can decide the temperament of not only a resident, but the space itself too. Wide openings invite the bright rays of sun inside while the various intimate corners overlook the dense green foliage beyond the walls, creating an unparalleled sensory experience of being home.”- Nishal Sevak(Co-Editor)
An existing 60+ years old dilapidated house stood on a plot in the inner circle, Whitefield Bangalore. The Inner Circle is part of the Anglo-Indian settlement. Remnants of the colonial era are reflected in the architectural style, gable-tiled roof, antique furniture & curios in the house. The tranquility of the place and the chirping of birds in the large garden fade out the hustle and bustle of city life. The client envisioned a weekend home for a family of 4 adults where they would eventually settle down. The site is surrounded by large old mango trees and a tamarind tree that formed canopies around the existing house. The attempt was to design the new home around this context.
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Entering from the street into a 70’ long and narrow driveway paved in repurposed granite leads to an MS trellis covered in thunbergia creepers. The path opens to a large tumble-finish granite paved entry court under the shade of the tamarind tree.
The staircase takes one to a metal bridge overlooking the living below and connects 2 bedrooms at the upper level. Materials like granite, cement tiles, wood, roofing tiles, etc. from the old structure were repurposed & strategically blended with new building materials. A load-bearing brick colonnade frames the dining and the semi-open family space that stands as a pavilion in the rear garden.
The new set of requirements was carefully planned over the existing foundations, to cause minimum damage to the roots of the existing trees. Away from these trees, 3 new RCC columns were added to accommodate the requirements. The remaining are load-bearing walls that would stand on the existing foundation.
A local artist Vicky Venkatesh painted the double-height living walls, inspired by the plants and birds found in the garden.
Designed by: Studio 4A
Project Size: 3750 Sq.ft
Year Built: 2021
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Principal Architects: Vijay Narayanan & Appachu Nanjappa
Photograph Courtesy: Shamanth Patil
Consultants for the project:
Electrical Contractor: Ashwini Electricals
Structural Engineers: Eco Consultants
Scheme Design, Construction Drawings Design: Ananya Sampath, Arathi Kanmani, Nishika Subhash
Civil Contractor: Annadurai
Products & Materials: Remove Add another, Asian Paints, Jaquar, Stones, Toto
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