CENTRE OF ATTENTION
Location Parsik Hill, Belapur, Navi Mumbai Area 710 sq ft
Special Features The central courtyard is flanked by scrap rusted metal plates riveted together
(bottom right image). The other side has metal pipe leftovers pieced together like bamboo forming a “pipe wall” integrating structural columns, rainwater down take pipes and a sculpture of spouts that in the monsoon are a delight for all the senses
(image on the left). On the third side is a wall clad in cut-waste stone slivers lifted off the back of stone cutting yards and waste generated on site (bottom left image). Kitsch coloured tile samples retain a planter in the middle (image on the left).
The courtyard forms the core around which this large four-generational family is organised and comes together. It is actually raised a floor above the ground level and hidden below is a large rainwater harvesting tank wrapped with rock that was removed from the hillside during excavation. To build on top of a hill is always exciting, until it was discovered that the site is surrounded by neighbours on all sides. So the design process looks inwards and is built around the quintessential Indian courtyard, albeit slightly modified.
The courtyard has been an important and integral feature of traditional climate responsive architecture across the globe. Apart from being a temperature regulator it also helps families bond. Principal Architects S+PS Architects sp[email protected]