Partner in charge: Gopa/Rajiv
Client: Geetha & Jaishankar
Year of completion 2011
Area: 4,860 sft.
Contractor: Krushi Builders
Photography: Rajiv Majumdar
This residential project is an extension to a 25 year old family home in a pristine neighborhood on Palace Cross Road. The clients acquired the neighboring property with the purpose of creating a zone for relaxation and entertainment.
The cornerstone of the design conceptualization was harmony. The new design had to be critically responsive to the site, the built context of the existing house and the needs of its inhabitants. The additional spaces fit seamlessly into their surroundings while also retaining their freshness; both spatial and stylistic.
The private functions are organized on the first floor such that they create a covered semi-public space below. This space which is ideal for lounging, allows the outside to permeate the inside and create a transient boundary in-between. The extension is interspersed with courtyards that bring in some more natural light and ventilation. An open-to-sky staircase cradles one of the courts and provides access to the upper floor. The main house is connected to the extension by a wood wrapped protected walkway.