PRIVATE RESIDENCE HOUSE 1058
What makes this project a success?
Our clients had expressed their wish for an iconic structure as seen from the road and from within. Primarily the roof forms were constructed to be climate sensitive, to combat the fierce summer sun as well as the heavy monsoon rain in Hyderabad while allowing the best quality of natural light into the house. But apart from being a climate sheltering device we also managed the forms to be bold and innovative and visually playful.
Salient/key features of the project.
The house is characterised by its accentuated and cantilevered timber clad trapezoidal roof forms that hover above the main spaces. A series of staggered rooms with slopes in different directions orient towards the privacy of an internal garden
When was it completed?
It was completed in 2016 after three years of extensive work.
The roof forms were complex. We had to carry out several experiments to get it right. In order to create the vast cantilevers and shapes for each of the roofs, we had to create an elaborate tubular space frame truss structure, clad it with cement boards from the underside and then apply a final layer of thin slatted timber to it. I think we ultimately achieved a feeling of lightness with these hovering roofs in spite of heavy structural work within.
SANDEEP KHOSLA AND AMARESH ANAND Principal Architects, Khosla Associates, Bangalore www.khoslaassociates.com
Photographs by SHAMANTH PATIL J; COURTESY KHOSLA ASSOCIATES