Shah Houses

Shah Houses

Architect
Anupama Kundoo Architects
Location
Brahmangarh, India | View Map
Project Year
2003
Category
Private Houses
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Shah Houses

Anupama Kundoo Architects as Architects

Natural basalt stone was chosen as the primary locally available building material and combined with handmade hollow terracotta tubes for vaulted roofs as already used in the Wall House, given the proximity to local potters in the region. Apart from the main residences, the site includes collective shared buildings, accommodating caretakers’ residences merged within the design of the compound wall in stone masonry, and a cylindrical water tank, also in masonry.

 

The residences themselves are volumes in solid masonry interspersed with vaulted volumes that are visually more transparent. The vaults span the spaces between the solid stone masses. The lower vaulted areas are used for the social spaces such as living and dining areas, while private areas are accommodated within the stone walls. This strategy permits a continuous view of the waterfront through the different axes of the house from areas located higher up in the sloping terrain. The ground floor spaces are contoured to hug the sloping site with sequences of steps that cascade along the territory and continue through the house into the immediate exteriors. As a contrast to the natural colours and textures of the key materials of terracotta and basalt stone, selected plastered surfaces and floors are coloured with oxides.

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