The Hovering Garden House Merges Seamlessly With Its Environs | Niraj Doshi Design Consultancy
A unique project in its context, this house is located in a neighborhood of Pune that has abundant greenery. The apt use of natural elements in its creation ― such as water bodies, bridges, stone walls, and landscaped areas on all levels ― helps it merge seamlessly with its environs on the one hand while making it stand out on account of its architectural beauty.
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This is home to a family of six. The brief for N.D.D.C. was a modest material template culminating into a residence that would be rich in spatial experience. Ample cross-ventilation, keeping in mind the occupants’ need for privacy, as well as flexibility in space change in accordance with family evolution were also an important consideration.
Therefore, the project was based on an H-shaped plan wherein all the spaces have three external walls, thus maintaining a nice “in” and “out” connection. The use of mirrors and reflective glass has lent itself to an optical illusion to maximize the landscaped areas, thus underscoring the feeling of being in the lap of nature.
Climate is a crucial factor in design and construction. Keeping this in mind, shading devices have been used here in the form of huge cantilevered slabs that give a sort of “hovering effect” while, at the same time, offer grounding to the building.
Similarly, vertical screen facades have been devised as a barrier for the elements. Inside, the strategic use of triple-height atrium(s) makes for ample stack effect and also helps in cross-ventilation. In keeping with the predominantly “green” character of this project, an indirect evaporative cooling system has been installed extensively with a view to reducing the reliance on conventional air-conditioners.
Fact File :
Architects: Niraj Doshi Design Consultancy
Area: 21000 ft²
Location : Pune
Lead Architects: Niraj Doshi
Design Team: Akshay Karanjkar, Supriya Yadav, Jagruti Gujar
Project Management Consultant : Madhav Limaye Group
Structural Consultant : G. A. Bhilare Consultants Private Limited
Landscape Consultant : Ravi & Varsha Gavandi Landscape Architects
Electrical Consultant : Vidyutsallagar
Plumbing Consultant : Unicorn Consultants
Water Bodies Consultant : Silver PoolsAutomation
Consultant : Moood Creation
Photographs: Hemant Patil
Source : Arch Daily