Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space . On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure. Zaha Hadid
This magnificent house spread over 5,600 sq.ft plot of land in Vadodara is home to Hemal Shah and his family. Designed and constructed by KN Associates, the cement-and-brick facade mansion soaring into the sky wraps around its surroundings with a familiar ease. Everything is grand about this home: literally and figuratively.
About the project:
Who lives here: Mr. Hemal Shah and his family of five
Year built: 2017
Size: 9,066 sq.ft
Type: Bungalow with six bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, an office space and a home theater room with elaborate open spaces
Designed by: K.N. Associates
Image courtesy: Tejas Shah Photography
The architects say,
The Shah family gave us no specific brief. They trusted us to deliver a shelter that would also be a pleasure to live in, all that the family wanted was a simple and earthy home.
What they got instead was this incredible six-bedroom house spread over multiple levels dressed in traditional + contemporary styles flaunting some of the exquisite natural raw materials and stones the country has to offer.
Located in Vadodara city in a municipal layout, the site on which the house stands measures 68’x82’. The shorter side faces the road along the western edge. Mr. Shah lives with his wife Nandini, two kids and his parents.
There are two remarkable features of this home:
- double height spaces
- use of raw materials/perforated brick patterns.
With an unmistakable vertical identity at its core, the structure is supported by double height beams for common spaces like the courtyard and the porch, while private spaces like the gardens and veranda sport a lower ceiling.
The metal louvers that seem to complete the volume grid on the porch and on the balconies provide screening against glare and light showers, while still allowing natural ventilation. Huge voids have been created inside the brick house to allow natural light and ventilation from every corner.
The porch uses a detailed pattern of kota stone flooring. Use of natural materials like kota stone, wood, granite and exposed brick in Flemish bond adds an earthy touch. Every now and then, the brick jaalis have been designed to break the monotony of the regular course.
Thanks to the height of the porch, the house is visible from a distance.
Lights: Prism Lightings, Customized lamps
Paints: Berger paints
Sofas: Customized by K.N. Associates
Dining table: Customized by K.N. Associates
Flooring tiles: Classic marble
Rugs: Dhurrie Store, Udaipur
Furniture in living/family room: Customized by K.N. Associates