Sen Ka­pa­dia Ar­chi­tect Bhavsar House Ahmed­abad, Gu­jarat

The role of the ar­chi­tect as an artist and de­signer is very firmly yet weight­lessly ar­tic­u­lated in the al­most sculp­tural de­sign of a house

Domus - - CON­TENTS - Text by Kai­wan Me­hta

Ar­chi­tec­ture Sculpt­ing Ge­om­e­try Sen Ka­pa­dia Ar­chi­tect Bhavsar House, Ahmed­abad Text by Kai­wan Me­hta

Tucked away in a res­i­den­tial sub­urb of a busy In­dian city, this house was built for an artist-cou­ple who lived in New York and at times, vis­ited In­dia. The house is a com­po­si­tion of sculp­tural vol­umes that can also be imag­ined as a gallery space. The de­sign of the struc­ture takes the ge­om­e­try of a tra­di­tional four-walled house that sits in a sub­ur­ban plot of res­i­den­tial vol­umes one af­ter an­other, and min­i­mally dis­turbs the se­dated by con­ven­tion, and pedan­tic no­tion of a sub­ur­ban up­per mid­dle-class home. The play with walls and roofs, pro­posed by Sen Ka­pa­dia as planes free of con­ven­tion, as tec­tonic ar­tic­u­la­tions that al­low the de­signer to sculpt us­able vol­umes that are sharp­ened and height­ened as zones of ex­pe­ri­ence and imag­i­na­tion through

Pho­tos by Do­minik Hodel

When ev­ery­thing is empty, pure and es­sen­tial, even the poor­est and most ba­nal ma­te­rial can be sump­tu­ous and pre­cious

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