Our clients requested for a home that would be contemporary in its vocabulary yet indian in its essence.
This was the first of a certain typology of tropical homes that we designed in Bangalore. The house borrows elements from colonial bungalow architecture and vernacular roof forms yet does so with an international style.
The house was designed with a holistic approach , keeping in mind the integration of the architecture with the interiors.
A climate sensitive architecture of sloping tiled roofs, covered tiled walkways, verandahs and terraces was introduced to take advantage of Bangalores' temperate climate.
The traditional concept of an open-to-sky courtyard is integrated into a modern design vocabulary. The courtyard with its shallow reflecting pool and temple tree forms the soul or hub of the house and most rooms open out visually into this space.
Vertical stone monoliths secure the house yet let in air freely into the courtyard thus promoting cross ventilation.
The semi public and public spaces such as living , dining, kitchen, family room and guest rooms are located on the ground floor, whereas the private bedrooms are on the upper floor.
Natural materials such as flame finished granite, beige sandstone, kota and Jaisalmer are used liberally throughout the house. The interiors of the house are predominantly contemporary and minimal , juxtaposed with traditional indian furniture, accessories, and colour.