This House is Developed Around a Courtyard, a Core Space which Casts Multi-Level Interactions | Traanspace

Editor’s Note: The heart of this home lies in its courtyard that breathes life and serenity. The sublime interaction of brick cladding and chamfered openings make-up for an impressionable exterior and a humble set of spaces inside. The crafting of spaces is such that it caters to the natural eco-system surrounding the built through the wide openings. A slit through the roof plays its symphony on the brick wall with a gracious poise. – Nishal Sevak(Co-Editor)

As the name suggests, this house is developed around a courtyard, a core space which casts multi-level interactions with the adjoining spaces. The courtyard is an introspective insertion, the soul of an otherwise simple house.

This House is Developed Around a Courtyard, a Core Space which Casts Multi-Level Interactions | Traanspace

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Situated on a 2900 sq. ft. plot of a gated community in Vadodara, the context of the site as one can easily imagine, did not provide much of an interesting canvas. So we decided to create one for our clients. Being mindful about the plot size, we restrained from investing a lot of space on something elemental and compromising on the client’s requirements.

We rather wanted to generate something from within. So, as one can see, we carved the courtyard centrally in the plan and designed a staircase around it.

The light penetrating from the skylight and the lush green plantation in the court together add life to the house helping us create enlivening spaces around it.

The planning is rather simple with the living, dining, kitchen and one bedroom on the ground floor surrounding the core court.

Three bedrooms on the first floor with a connecting passage overlooking the courtyard and a home theatre, art studio and terrace on the second floor with a similar passage as first floor, overlooking the courtyard.

The massing is a floating brick box. Instead of going with the ordinary brick bond, we chose to use horizontal stack bond to grasp that striking plainness. Planters and balconies are carved out in south and west directions to act as buffer for the internal spaces.

This greenery curtain breaks the solidity of the façade. The concept of oblique concrete bands was then introduced to add some uniqueness, as well as to further create curiosity and interest for what dwells inside.

The interior is a play of three materials – grey flooring, white walls and wooden furniture. The furniture is either built-in or very minimal, but at the same time is in sync with the unflinching solidity of the outside. An attempt is made to wholly and solely maintain the importance of the courtyard rather than shifting it to fancy elements.

The staircase rising against the only brick wall inside the house, though simple, adds an elemental tranquillity. The skylight above it cast whimsical sciography on the brick wall. The play of these shadows along with the core court at its base keep the house dramatic throughout the day.

To sum it up, this house appears to be a simple, ordinary house to a common man. It is the resident, who on experiencing the life within day after day, experiences it’s extra-ordinary character.


Fact File

Designed by : Traanspace

Project Type : Residential Architecture Design

Project Name : The Core Court House

Location : Vadodara, Gujarat

Year Built : 2022

Duration of the project : 2 Years

Plot Area : 2900 Sq.ft

Built-up Area : 4500 Sq.ft

Principal Architect : Urvi Shah

Team Design Credits : Kunjal Shah, Naimisha Desai & Nikita Bhatt

Photograph Courtesy : Tejas Shah

Text credit : Kunjal Shah

Products / Materials / Vendors : Wallcovering / Cladding – Jai Jalaram Bricks / Construction Materials – Brick and Concrete / Lighting – Norysis, Geo Lights by LightWave Solutions / Sanitaryware – Grohe, American Standard / Windows – Vectra Windows / Flooring – Designer Bath Studio, Jain Ceramics Kitchen – The Craft Kitchen / Paint – Asian paint.

Firm’s Website Link : Traanspace

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