The Elemental House by Modo Designs Depicts the Distinct Arrangement of Three Layers Of Open Spaces in Ahmedabad

The Elemental House by Modo Designs Depicts the Distinct Arrangement of Three Layers Of Open Spaces in Ahmedabad

Conceptualized and designed for three generations of a family, the Elemental House in one of the developing parts of northwest Ahmedabad features the distinct organization of three layers of open spaces- the central courtyard, the front garden, and the backyard. Arpan Shah-led architecture practice cleverly used the linearity of the site with an existing neem tree on the western part to create this unique arrangement of open spaces. The design team has shared more about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Take a look:

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Essentially the spaces are around the central open courtyard that lets the natural light and ventilation within the spaces and connects the spaces to the natural elements. The central court is open-ended on the north and is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional enclosed courtyard of Indian dwellings.


Ground Floor

The ground floor houses the living, dining and kitchen areas, parents’ bedroom, and drawing area towards the front garden.

Elemental-House-by-Modo-Designs-Surfaces-reporterThe first floor is segregated into two zones with the west part belonging to the elder son and his daughter while the east part is for the younger son and his kid.

Outdoor Terraces

This floor is released through outdoor terraces from each of the son’s rooms. These terraces become private spaces for both the sons and encourages a lifestyle that connects to the natural elements.

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Second Floor

The second floor, located in the southeast part, houses the entertainment room with a small terrace.

Elemental-House-by-Modo-Designs-Surfaces-reporterThis floor is located such that it is not much visible from the court and front west side garden and thereby scales down the house.


Material Palette

The materials used externally are exposed concrete, Mandana stone cladding, wood panelling and door windows, creating an earthy palette.

Elemental-House-by-Modo-Designs-Surfaces-reporterInternally the ambiance is in contrast and more finished with natural stone flooring, white painted walls, and ceiling.

Project Details

Project Name: The Elemental house
Architecture firm: Modo Designs (Ar Arpan Shah)
Design team: Arpan Shah, Ameeta Kanakhara, Jaydeep Rathod
Completion year: 2019
Built up area: 10,350 sq ft
Project location: Science city Road, Sola, Ahmedabad
Interior Design: PVDRS
Landscaping: Foliage Unlimited
MEP: Zhaveri Associates
Structural consultant: Sarjan consultants
Photographer:  Bharat Aggarwal

About the Firm

"Modo Designs' is an architecture firm set up by Architect Arpan Shah in the year 2002 in Ahmedabad, India and involved in residential, institutional and corporate projects. The firm derives its name from a latin word 'MODO' which means 'of its time'. In this sense, architectural designs are approached as progressive and appropriate. For us, design is a participatory and an exploratory process, a process of  research, exploration and refinement. It involves initial spontaneous response in a design, coupled by open ended explorations.

*Text and images are provided by the architects

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