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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.

Key chal­lenges

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.khoslaas­so­ci­


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