PRIVATE RESIDENCE KANADE
Situated in a residential area in Pune, Residence Kanade inconspicuously coexists with its surroundings. Prevailing by laws conventionally result in no more than a three-meter wide belt of vegetation around houses. Through a central narrow water body that seems to cross through the house, and an adjacent double height space, porosity is achieved with the illusion of a much larger presence of nature as the central experience, despite being an urban residence. The overhang roof, covering entire streetscape passages and verandas, acts like a large umbrella. Instead of covering each balcony and veranda with overhang chhajja, one single roof works aesthetically and protects from harsh sun and strong rains.
Living and working spaces for visiting artists are included. Vistas of the outdoor are aligned to flow through key living and dining spaces, the landscaped exteriors at either end of such axes. Verandahs and terraces on various levels and long cascading steps along water bodies encourage the interior activities to spill over to transition spaces between inside and outside. This is a defining element of a home that is intimate both within and without.
ANUPAMA KUNDOO Founder and Architect, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Pondicherry and Spain www.anupamakundoo.com