Saturday, April 19, 2014

Conference Center


Located in a tony neighbourhood of a Delhi suburb, the brief was to create an in house conference facility for a multi-national company. The building would have to accommodate several sizes of conference spaces, training rooms, a large dining area and several guest rooms.


A large existing tree at the site entrance provided the inspiration to create a naturally shaded entrance area. Planned to be an extension of the garden, this space leads on to a central spine along which the various facilites are distributed. The training rooms are situated below ground, to allow for better sound insulation and privacy.


The approach was to plan the building to make each space as naturally lit as possible, especially the subterranean spaces. This was achieved by carving out a long sunken area on the western periphery of the property. This brings in light to training rooms and a large dining area at the rear, which can also be approached via a stair from the rear garden.


A unique glazing detail was designed specifically for the lounge space that overlooks the front garden. Double glazed insulated panels are fixed edge to edge with custom designed stainless steel vertical supports. This detail allows for a seamless integration of interior and exterior space. The exterior of the building is finished in a beige sandstone, local to this region.
 

Location                                  
Faridabad
Client
Undisclosed
Typology
Commercial
Climate
Composite
Built-Up Area
15,000 Sq.Ft.
Completion
Ongoing

Friday, April 11, 2014

Contemporary Penthouse



The top floor apartment of a decade old building was proving to be inadequate for a growing family. A fortuitous change in building laws permitted the addition of another floor with the possibility of an internal connection. Two bedrooms and a family lounge were planned for the upper floor, along with a small office that required independent access from outside the apartment. A double height volume was carved out around a light wooden staircase that connects the two floors and was covered with a skylight.




A terrace garden at the front of the upper floor provides views to the office and lounge spaces, while helping to insulate the living room below. Modifications to the lower floor included revamping the kitchen, dining & living spaces. The furniture was custom designed to fit the spaces, including a copper-clad curved bar counter. A signature product by AKDA, the yin-yang table, was reimagined as a leather clad piece and included as part of the interior design. 





Location
SukhdevVihar,
New Delhi
Client  
Undisclosed
Typology
Residential
Climate
Composite
Built-Up Area              
5000 Sq.Ft.
Completion
2010

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Urban Hotel




The Amber Hotels wanted to create a boutique business hotel in south Delhi to offer guests the luxurious ambience associated with larger hotels. The strategy was to create calm ambience in contrast to the bustling, invasive city. 



The public spaces aggregated at the entrance level, designed in crisply-detailed white finishes, while the rooms on upper floors employ richer palette of warm colours. A large central courtyard, enlivened by a mirror mosaic mural by Vivek Sahni, brings light to public spaces and doubles up as the breakfast area. At night, the terrace garden, is an excellent dining/lounge space for guests. 


The retrofitted façade is a juxtaposition of two wooden elements on white background; an off-center vertical screen and a cantilevered canopy on the terrace, curbing the street sound. The white block of rooms on upper floors floats over transparent public spaces at ground level. The contrast is heightened at night, with interior light and activity animating the dull nature of endless neighboring boundary walls.


Sustainability is a central idea to systems and finishes. Therefore, the hotel has a solar water heating system, key tags sense and control electrical usage in rooms, intelligent VRVII air-conditioning systems minimize energy usage, rainwater is reused and material waste has been incorporated. 

Bathrooms were designed to contrast richer tones of the rooms, and are finished in a muted palette of white and grey stone, blonde wood and glass with rigorous detailing to ensure sustained performance. Colourful Indian art of the pre-colonial era is used throughout the hotel as a counterpoint to the pristine white surfaces.


Designed with a contemporary minimal aesthetic and punctuated with local cultural references by way of art and furniture, the hotel successfully caters to the needs of global traveller while showcasing Indian crafts & tradition.


Location
Sukhdev Vihar,
New Delhi
Client   
Undisclosed
Typology
Hospitality
Climate
Composite
Built-Up Area                
8000 Sq.Ft.
Completion
2009

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Garage



Delhi’s urban villages have evolved from being sleepy hamlets surrounded by British era planned development to becoming the city’s design and entertainment hotspots. Free from the strict municipal regulations that are enforced in rest of the city, increased density and cheap rent attracts young entrepreneurs to set up shop in narrow lanes. Hauz Khaz village, located near the lake that once supplied Delhi its drinking water, represents the extreme end of this evolution. Divested almost completely of its original inhabitants, mostly fashion designers, art galleries and restaurants are to be seen here.



The client, an accomplished yet young chef, was already running a successful restaurant in another part of the village and was keen to set up a restaurant with a garage theme. The new site was located on upper floor, affording great views to the outside, but was burdened with sharing the entrance with a house and a few other restaurants. Keeping with the theme, the interior was designed with raw untreated surfaces - unplastered brick walls, grey epoxy flooring and even the ceiling plaster was removed to reveal the raw concrete roof. The view to the forest was opened up with an edge to edge glass wall that was recessed from the facade, creating shade for the glass and a verandah for outdoor sitting.

To create a distinctive character for the restaurant exterior, entrance was enclosed with a long membrane of curved corrugated metal. This corrugation forms the backdrop to the bar counter from the interior. Recalling vintage garage doors, the main entrance door is reinforced with steel tubes and painted green and is set in a distressed exposed brick frame. An added attraction to the area, Garage, Inc references the old, while catering to the new.

This project was done in collaboration with Archiopteryx Architects.

Location
Hauz khas village,
New Delhi
Client  
Undisclosed
Typology
Hospitality
Climate
Composite
Built-Up Area              
1500 Sq.Ft.
Completion
2013

Friday, March 7, 2014

Slender Living



Linear residential plots are an inevitable by-product of densification and growing cities all over the world are infamous for the limited frontage given to residential buildings. The brownstones of New York are rarely wider than 18’, shop-houses in Singapore have a breadth: length ratio of 1:8 or more and Tokyo routinely boasts narrow 15’ lots. Ashok Vihar in Delhi is like any rapidly densifying part of an Asian city where plots that were meant for single family homes are being replaced with multi-family apartments. In the case of this project, the available width for redevelopment was a mere 18’9”.


The building was raised above the road, allowing for a parking level along the entire length of the property. Vertical circulation elements were paired with a courtyard in the centre of the plan, allowing for the edges to be free for the residential spaces. At the front, the living room was pushed out, bringing in light from two sides, whilst still allowing for the kitchen to enjoy the views and get considerable daylight. At the rear, two bedrooms share the width equally and the central dining and family space is illuminated by the courtyard.



A combination of functional requirements is expressed on the façade. The lower two floors were combined to make a 4 bedroom duplex apartment, while the two upper apartments have 2 bedrooms on a single level.The master bedroom on the first floor overlooks a deep veranda formed by recessing the building line. Sand blasted Jaiselmer stone is used on the façade to complement the strong cubic volumes. While the building may currently appear taller than its neighbours, the scale will eventually change to reflect the urban development of the region.


Location
AshokVihar,
New Delhi
Client  
Undisclosed
Typology
Residential
Climate
Composite
Built-Up Area              
6000 Sq.Ft.
Completion
2013

*Photography Credits - Vibhuti Goel

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Villa Ravine



The picturesque village of Baldeyan is near the erstwhile British summer capital of Shimla. Famous for its subtropical highland climate, the area is a popular tourist destination, providing respite from the fierce summer heatwithin a reasonable drive from the plains. The project was conceived as a second home for a small family based in Delhi that chose the site for its magnificent views and a seasonal stream that runs through a ravine near the property. Sited above the road, the brief was to have valley views from all the principal living spaces. This became the parti of the plan, two parallel linear volumes perpendicular to the view.



Approached from a lower parking level, the entrance is from the main deck on the south east corner of the house. The living areas are centrally positioned, ensuring large uninterrupted views andthe corner are given to the bedrooms, which get expansive views on two sides. The services, including the bathrooms, kitchen and the staircase are part of the thin block at the rear. A large open deckon the upper floor is created by pulling in the fenestration line below the pitched roof. The staircase is placed within a double height space, adding to the expansive feeling of the house.




Grey slate and military green roofs werechosen as a reference to the pre-colonial British architecture of the region. Gables toward the valley enhance the views from within, and the resulting complex interior geometry of the roof is panelled in a local deciduous wood. The result is a warm, yet modern home that allows for engagement with nature.




Location
Village Baldeyan,
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Client  
Undisclosed
Typology
Residential
Climate
Cold & Cloudy
Built-Up Area              
3000 Sq.Ft.
Completion
2014

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