Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Area: 15000 Sf
Situated on a quiet street in an affluent gated community of Delhi, the programmatic brief for this project was unusually lesser than the maximum permissible, allowing for a rare freedom in the planning of the overall envelope. This was countered however, by the presence of a large mature Jamun tree towards the rear half of the property. Bearing fruit during the hot summer months, this tree provides much needed shade throughout the year by moderating the quality of light that filters through its leaves. Although the client initially planned to transplant the tree, we were able to resolve the volume in a manner that allowed for the tree to not only be preserved, but also become the defining feature of the private spaces.
Since the exterior views were neither deep nor attractive, the design of this house is centred around four open spaces within the property that become the focus areas for the internal spaces. The first, a large terrace garden is on top of the parking roof that covered three-fourth of the plot area. The second is the tree courtyard at the rear, a linear space that expands on upper floors to allow for the tree to expand. The third is the contemplative courtyard facing the north east, providing a quiet corner for religious activity. Last is the central open court, a triple height space with the main staircase, covered by a glazed roof with a retractable wooden screen below. These four spaces provide dramatic views from within while maintaining a sense of privacy from the neighbours.