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The House Greets Visitors With Its Sweeping, Concrete Curved Roof | Charged Voids

Residence 1065 reinterprets India’s traditional ways of living while paying homage to Chandigarh’s modernist heritage. The house greets visitors with its sweeping, concrete curved roof—a reinterpretation of Le Corbusier’s 1952 proposal for the Governor’s Palace. At a more eye-friendly elevation, a glass-encased, open ground-floor plan comes into view.

Editor’s Note: The design of Residence 1065 delves deeply into the soul of Le Corbusier’s architectural philosophy. The upward-curving roof has a majestic yet dynamic outlook with the striking undertone of the grey exterior walls. Charged Voids added a personal touch to the Corbusian ideology, with hints of wood throughout the house. The open interior design with the full-height glass windows extends the home outdoors. – Gopika Pramod

The House Greets Visitors With Its Sweeping, Concrete Curved Roof | Charged Voids

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It is located on a sprawling corner plot in Sector-27 of the Corbusian city of Chandigarh. Residence 1065 is an embodiment of the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne, or the CIAM’s principles of modern architecture. Thus, using an open plan and facades that appear to float, the home is for a multi-generational family of six. It also attempts to fuse traditional spatial planning with modern aesthetics, while maintaining an optimum amount of daylight ingress.

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This open plan creates an overlap between several interconnected volumes and outdoor spaces, allowing for easy interaction between separate floors. The design also complies with the highly cohesive lifestyles prevalent in multi-generational Indian families.

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Design for the home is driven by intersecting axes. The major axis becomes an anchor for the central circulation while the minor axis connects the landscaped courtyards.

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Overlapping volumes facilitate the residents’ movement along these two axes. Also, the spaces unfold in layers as one progresses from the public to the private areas. The common areas encloses itself in expansive glazing, in direct dialogue with the open spaces around them.

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The prayer room is in a white, double-height turret. It lets in natural light through sharp slits in its curved walls.

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The kitchen occupies the centre of the floor plan, with a collapsible partition delineating it from a courtyard.

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A separate spice kitchen, the formal living and dining areas, the family lounge, and a small office along with the master bedroom configures around this space.

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curved roof

Nature becomes a part of the interior spaces through multiple courtyards and terrace gardens. It also interprets traditional transitional spaces like verandahs into a modern context as a byproduct of the design process.

As opposed to the common areas, the private rooms in the home interact differently with the outdoors.

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They open onto courtyards and deep verandahs with tall sun breakers that form the front facade, granting access to the outdoors while preserving privacy. Three other bedrooms—two for the children and one for guests—are also at the upper floor.

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Locally sourced brick and Corbusier’s signature cast-in-situ concrete have been used to build Residence 1065, drawing inspiration from contextually prevalent construction practices as well as the modernist vocabulary revolutionised by Le Corbusier.

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Through this project, Charged Voids imbibes techniques that are historically important to the city of Chandigarh but are being replaced by run-of-the-mill plastered and stone-cladded buildings—and aspires to start a dialogue on the degrading urban infrastructure and expressions of modernist architecture standing today.

Corbusier’s philosophies are not just interpreted in the symbolism of modernism, but also in the architectural expression driving the larger design intent.

FACT FILE :

Designed by: Charged Voids

Project Type: Residential Architecture Design

Project Name: Residence 1065

Location: Chandigarh

Year Built: 2019

Site Area: 8998 Sq.ft

Built-up Area: 10290 Sq.ft

Principal Architect: Aman Aggarwal

Photograph Courtesy: Javier Callejas

Client: Mr. Rajan Garg

Products / Materials / Vendors: Sanitary ware / Fittings: Kohler, Jaquar, Artize, Grohe, Gessi / Flooring:  White Stone ( Satvario), Grey Granite Flooring / Furniture:  Allah Rakha  ( Ar Furniture ) / Air Conditioning:  Mitsubishi / Lighting:  Rohit Jindal  ( Om Electric ) / Paint:  Mr Vijay Singh ( Painter ) / Elevator:  Kone / ACP / Glass / Concrete:  External Glazing – Kawneer  ( Goshal Deep ), Glass –  Saint Gobain,Cast In Situ Rcc, Art – N – Glass

Consultants Structural:  Pankaj Chopra / Civil: Nayyar Builders / HVAC:  Mitsubishi

Firm’s Website Link: Charged Voids

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