Awards : AESA Award - 2007
The present house is constructed on the site of original residence of S.L. Kirloskar, an eminent doyen of the Indian industry. His residence was a simple Miesian steel structure. Our design concept therefore respects the minimalistic approach of the former house. The design evolves around the tropical court yard dividing the house into three distinct zones:
1) The private sleeping quarter
2) The formal entertainment space
3) The inter-mediate common every-day use space
The study of natural light, sun movement, natural wind flow, the harnessing of solar energy, water harvesting and sewage re-cycling result in a sustainable ecology model. Exposed concrete walls are juxtaposed to form independent spaces. Exposed concrete beams and pergolas with cleverly inserted shards of glass filter reflected light into all the major areas. The residence is intertwined with the surrounding natural setting of dense trees and foliage. Water plays an important role in achieving the over all syntax of composition layered over by the inter play of light and shade.
The residence speaks of a seamless idiom, of space beyond and an attempt to understand the concept of inner silence or "Dhyan". Many of the furniture components emanate as extensions of the structure. The contemporary steps in the court-yard are a foil to the spiral water channel and the cantilevered wooden bench.