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Aam Niwas
Aam Niwas
Aam Niwas
Aam Niwas
Aam Niwas

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

The owners wanted to build a self contained one bedroom unit, to serve in future as a Guest House to the Main House using traditional materials, traditional technology and traditional craftsmen. The house soon grew from a 1 bedroom unit to a 6 bedroom one thus becoming the main house. The aim was to make a climatically comfortable building where the inside and the outside merge together in an inseparable manner. The recurrent theme of trees, water, courtyard, verandahs became the common denominator. The need to respect the tree covers, terrains and retain the existing skylines while taking all the precautionary anti pollution measures during and after the project was of prime importance to integrate the architectural interior and landscape with each other in evolving a Mewari ambience.

No cement was used in the house. Lime mortar and stone was used as they are traditional building materials. The stone patti ceilings were left unplastered. Most of the woodwork used in the house was brought from a dismantled haveli in Ahmedabad. The water proofing treatment of the roof was also carried out in the traditional manner using a concoction of materials like lime, jaggery, and fenugreek, with inverted kullads (earthen pots) for insulation. The columns and other decorative elements were crafted in high-density red karoli stones. The flooring was of patterned IPS or the bijola stone or readily available mosaic tiles from the market. Windows were narrow on the inside and acted as funnels to catch the maximum breeze on the west side of the house whilst the same procedure was reversed on the south windows designed to let light in and minimize the heat gain.

The traditional materials used inside and outside the house make it comfortable to live in and everything looks familiar, comfortable as well as restful with pluralistic spaces and surprises at every corner, giving it a very homely atmosphere. Nature is ever present in all the spaces in the house. Inside spaces are free flowing and project a sense of spaciousness.

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