CREATING A PRIVATE HAVEN
Location Malcaum Baug, Jogeshwari, Mumbai
Area 203.4 sq ft and 82.88 sq ft
Despite being an urban home, two punctures (pictures above and right) have been created within the floor plan. One of these courtyards is located in the very centre of the upper floor and becomes the focal point with all the programmes functioning around it. From the natural light and ventilation that percolates from these courtyards, this introverted house gives a feel of an open volume and connects with the nature.
The main challenge we faced was providing both security and openness in design. We ended up covering the top with a trellis and allowing planters to spread and serve as an air-filtering foliage as well as much needed security.
Ensure the courtyard serves as a medium to welcome both natural light and ventilation into the house.
Kayzad Shroff and Maria Isabel Jimenez Leon
Principal Architects SHROFFLEóN, Mumbai www.shroffleon.com