Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Project Work Status: Ongoing Projects
Area: 200 Sq.M.
Team: Robert Verrijt, Shefali Balwani
Project Completed: 2013
The Shed House is located in the far suburbs of the metropolitan area of Mumbai. This mostly agricultural area is well connected to Mumbai through a national highway and a railway line. In recent times this has encouraged residential township developments but mostly the flourishing of industries and warehouses.
The Shed House borrows its appearance from these transitional characteristics of the surrounding development.
It is conceived as a large shed like space. Inside the double height volume a mass that contains the kitchen services and bathrooms divides the space between a living room, master bedroom and children's bedroom.
The 18 x 8m house is placed at the far end of the site with the long side of the house placed parallel to a perennial river. The side overlooking the river and the east side facing the garden, open up to the surrounding with glazed steel sliding doors. Deep verandah's shade the glazed areas keeping the house cool and providing interstitial spaces between the outside and inside. In contrast to the lower floor, the upper floor appears to be a closed volume. Here two windows in the saw tooth roof provide a comfortable ambient northern light in the high volumes of the living room and children's room.
The construction is made of prefabricated steel elements to reduce construction time. Clad internally with bamboo particle board and externally with conventional galvanized cladding sheets, is reminiscent to the warm feel of a barn, and relates to the industrial landscape of the surroundings respectively.