CRE­AT­ING A PRI­VATE HAVEN

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Lo­ca­tion Mal­caum Baug, Jo­gesh­wari, Mumbai

Area 203.4 sq ft and 82.88 sq ft

Spe­cial Fea­tures

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.

Chal­lenges Faced

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.

Quick Tip

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

Pho­to­graphs by DANESH JASAWALLA

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