The client’s brief dictated a modern home with strong Indian overtones for his family which spends most of its time in Europe. The approach was not to use vernacular architecture and its elements but to stay rooted to contemporary architecture and seek to mediate between the global and local languages of architecture. Exposed brick & concrete were used as the medium of expression.
The courtyard idiom was chosen for its suitability in the North Indian context. 345mm thick external walls were chosen to increase the thermal mass of the building and reduce heat gain. A monolithic structure further roots the house as a hot and mostly dry climate home.
Completed in 1999
Client – Jitender Piplani
Plot Size – 420 sqm
Built Up Area – 575 sqm