To be able to design a house where not only the walls appear to be floating over the floors but, they also twist, turn and reshape to suit the functional requirements of the inmates. At a point where the design rises up from the mundane, to present itself more as musical composition floating in space, where, the fluid forms intersperse with and transform the regular architectural elements; that to us was Manifestation of "Fluid" Architecture.
The design for the Aman & Bina Mehra penthouse at NOIDA started off more as a thinking of a free mind much like the flowing blobs of paint over the canvas eventually, the functional cells making a co-existential relationship within the throbbing space. Aman had acquired the house as a bare structure from the developer, from where we started adding various layers right from the services to the skins and surfaces.
The vertical surfaces are constructed using the dry wall construction. The fluid walls, ceilings and the furniture pieces; the melting dining table (pic. Xxx), kids beds (pic. Xxx), are all created using layered plywood sheathed under a layer of Ferro-cement. The L.E.D. strips are used on the underside of the floating walls to act as floor markers in the night and also to enhance the layered ceiling in the master bedroom.
As the house came with floor to ceiling continuous glass as an outer envelope, to safeguard the interiors with the harsh sun we used shisham wood louvers which further created interesting shadow patterns over the doubly curved walls. Apart from the multiple drawings and hundreds of details custom developed for the house, the most important aspect in the resulting design was the trust and faith put into us as the architects from Aman's side as a client. Within the realms of the cynical world that we live in, this client- architect relationship where his single liner brief, ' I commission the job to you with my faith in you as a professional, give me a house that is not only unusual but, makes me feel special when I use it..'