The Metabolic House lives, breathes, consumes, produces and converses, rather than being an inert block fortified to protect its inhabitants against nature. Composed of volumes capable of complex environmental processes and meaningful interactions, the design interrogates the residential monoblock and introverted courtyard typology.
Diffused daylight filters in through the open facade and breather spaces, thus taking care of light requirements while harsh light is modulated through screens and sunshades inspired by Rajasthani architecture. Using hybrid (active and passive) systems massively reduces electricity and air conditioning requirements.
The entrance on the shorter side ensures an interior-exterior conversation through differentiated articulations that act as buffers along the longer side. Breather spaces creates micro-environments in the internal climate. Further, they replace walls as the spatial differentiators, contributing to visual connectivity and perceived expansiveness.
The spatial connections through the light wells, voids, cutouts and buffer spaces enable fluid usage by the joint family.