Client Name: Arun Aravind Location of site: Vinayaka Layout, Uttarahalli, Bangalore Project by: Ashwin Architects (http://www.ashwinarchitects.com) Principal Designer: A. P. Ashwin Contractor: N. M. Constructions (Prop: N. Meganathan) Site Area: 30’ x 40’ E-facing (1200 sft) Built-up Area: 2200 sft Cost of Construction: Rs. 65 lakhs Year of completion: 2012 Text Credits: A. P. Ashwin Photo Credits: A. P. Ashwin
Planning has been based on an open – format to visually enhance the size of the internals & interspersed with skylights to give an airy feeling & enhance the ambience.
The building facade has been extensively treated with stone & glass to create a balanced composition of positive & negative spaces. The structure symbolizes modernity & imparts an element of sleekness in design.
The form has taken black & white as base colors & interspersed with various shades of grey. This monochromatic effort stylizes the play of light & shade on various surfaces. Strategically placed lights focus on certain planes & put the rest of the building in silhouette to dramatize the whole composition.
A small skylight near the living pebble court brings in natural light through-out the day. The larger skylight above the dining area is covered with frosted glass resulting in a diffused light which is easy on the eyes. Two small patches of greenery near the living and the dining area brings nature closer to the inhabitants.
The site is an east facing property measuring 30’ North to South & 40’ East to West located in Uttarahalli which is a suburb of South Bangalore city, India. This is a typical site in the urban limits. The building is a column & beam structure with solid cement blocks as the wall materials. The roofs are basically concrete slabs with steel reinforcements. The external & internal surfaces are cement plastered.
The internal finishing materials are a combination of vitrified tiles & granite for flooring, granite for the staircase, ceramic tiles & granite for the bathrooms. This, being a contemporary design, has a lot of steel elements – some are structural and some are aesthetic.