India Today - - THIS & THAT / ARCHITECTS -

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.anu­pa­makun­

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