hen designing a house, an architect has to keep in mind that its functionality and architecture stays relevant for years to come. that was the concept behind designing umber home, in the diplomatic enclave of Malcha Marg, delhi, designed for the owners of design house ‘exhibit d’.
Adding insight on the design philosophy, architect Anika Mittal dhawan of Mold design studio, says, “the concept was to articulate a residence for a multi-generational family that has a contemporary timeless architecture that is unified as a whole whilst retaining an individual character.”
the client brief was centered around creating a ‘family home’ unlike the standard stand-alone models practiced nowadays with identical monotonous façade across all floors. Simple and linear, the design revolves around the front garden/lawn, which is a rare urban opportunity these days. it provides a foreground and a breathable green space, to create a healthy transition from the street to the verandah. the house is designed around a central open space that unifies all floors, while providing a relief space that brings in light and also an opportunity to create a sculptural element. “by doing so, the space of the house becomes a living space that seems to expand and contract on individual occupancies to juxtapose vivid functions of each person in the overall definition of home. Further, the layout of the floor has been planned to create maximum openness, so that the garden and built space become an extension of each other, allowing activities to spill from one edge to the other effortlessly,” says Dhawan. october 2018 the juxtaposition of the double-heightspace on the ground floor with the open to sky cutout creates an interesting play of volumes. the materiality for all interiors, flooring, and ceiling, etc., is kept muted, in line with client’s preferences and to offset the interior design and decor. soCieTY inTeRioRs 113