A house created for three generations of a family in Agra, India, the Swantantra residence, designed by Spaces Architects@ka, is a spatial interplay of concrete and art. Visualised as an inward-looking house, the design embodies a single, interconnected entity with a triple-height courtyard at its core.
All public areas rest on the ground level, with a volumetric void that varies across the floors, offering greenery and a continuous visual connection. Additionally, the balconies act as a design element that not just offers views but connects the outer landscape to the interiors.
The existing trees were retained to provide privacy and impart a sense of freshness to the spaces inside. The front elevation is marked by a jaali and circular cut-out, giving an insight into the interiors while generating curiosity in the minds of the passers-by.
The upper two levels offer increased privacy with bedrooms and lounges designed solely for the family. A double-height balcony with screens adds a new dimension to the layout. Recreational amenities like a jacuzzi, open seating areas, and halls are located on the terrace level.
Concrete features as the central element and material throughout the house, serving as a canvas while being the art itself. The versatile material is explored through varied textures and bold pigments. Additionally, the selection of furniture, lighting and artwork complements the material and enhances the overall spatial experience.
The interior and exterior of the house are draped in greenery, from hanging vines to numerous potted plants of various sizes and shapes. However, the design is Green, not only in terms of aesthetics but also in functional aspects. From installing solar panels on the roof to having a rainwater harvesting system, the house strives to contribute to the environment.
In conclusion, a diverse mix of architectural concepts of Brutalism, Minimalism and Modernism results in a rich structure that speaks for itself while serving as the family’s private residence.