Impressive Terracotta Jaali Screen Acts As Passive Cooling Device For This Maharashtra House | The Design Alley

Impressive Terracotta Jaali Screen Acts As Passive Cooling Device For The Lattice House | Maharashtra | The Design Alley

Positioned on one of the busiest commercial streets of Aurangabad, Maharashtra, the 'Lattice House' is a residential + Commercial building, featuring a G+4 structure. This project is designed such that the commercial part makes most of the business opportunities, but at the same time, the residential floors enjoy privacy and serenity devoid of the outside hustle-bustle. Envisioned and realized by Ar. Sarang Patil and Ar. Shweta Patil of The Design Alley, the house stands apart from the crowd owing to its unique terracotta jali facade that not only enhances its appearance but also protects it from the harsh southern and western sun, thus making it climate responsive. The design team shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) how this beautiful building is shaped up: 

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/lattice-house-the-design-alleyThe Residence occupies the Third, Fourth & Fifth floor of the building. On the Third floor, the entrance lobby culminates into the Formal Living room which is a double-height space with a Terracotta Jali facade on the southern side balcony that gives a panoramic view of the city.


Jali and the Veneer cladded backdrop for the seating together render warmth to the space.

Terracota Jali Facade

The façade is rendered in Terracotta jali that filters the harsh southern and western sun, thus making it climate responsive.

/lattice-house-the-design-alleyThe southern sun filters through the jali to create beautiful sciographical patterns on the veneer that keeps on changing throughout the day.

Kitchen Lies At the Center of the House

The kitchen is the central space in the house, which has visual connectivity to the entire house.

/lattice-house-the-design-alleyIt is designed to be minimalistic yet functional.

Serene and Relaxing Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is simple and serene. It enjoys the benefit of the jali on the western side. Dressing and a lavish toilet are attached to the bedroom. 


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Design Layout: Fourth Floor

Entering the fourth floor, the corridor looks upon the informal living below, thus connecting both the floors. it then culminates into a small peeping balcony upon the formal living.


There is a family lounge along this corridor, the daughter's and son's bedrooms are at both the ends of it. Both the bedrooms are simple, functional with Jali at the facade with harsher light. 



Meditative Space in Terrace

The terrace on the fifth floor is designed to be a meditative space in the mornings and can be converted into party space in the evenings. 


To sum it up, this penthouse reflects minimalistic and low-maintenance architectural and interior design. It has ample ventilation and is adorned with lots of plantations. It is the epitome of climate-responsive design.

Project Details

Project Name: The Lattice House
Type of the Project: Commercial + Residential
Client: Dr. Vaishali and Aniruddha Kulkarni.
Location: Samartha Nagar, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Architecture Firm: The Design Alley
Principal Architect: Ar. Sarang Patil and Ar. Shweta Patil
Project Architects: Ar. Syeda Naila Masroor, Ar. Harshita Jain and Ar. Sushil Patil
Plot Area: 3,500 Sq.Ft.
Built-up Area:  10,000 Sq.Ft.
Residential built-up Area: 2,400 Sq.Ft.
Date of Completion: August 2020
Photography: Photografix India
Structural Consultant: Er. Shrinivas Karanjikar

Furniture / Vendors

Lounge chair: Alankaram, Delhi
Dining table and chairs: Alankaram, Delhi
Stool: Alankaram, Delhi.
Wardrobes and Kitchen: Klassy Furniture, Aurangabad
Sofa: Rajesh Woods, Mumbai

About the Firm

The design alley studio, founded by Ar. Sarang Patil and Ar. Shweta Patil is not just about architecture, it's about the passion, the fun, the contradictions in our perspectives that finally culminate in our designs. The firm believes in reflecting their beliefs, that are beyond architectural vocabulary but make one day to day life simpler. Being eco-friendly, simple, rooted and different are the key elements of our design.

About the Architects

Graduated from Aurangabad, Ar. Sarang Patil then started working with Ravi Kadam, whom he considers his mentor, and worked with him for 3 years at Integrid design consultants, Pune. He then went on to pursue his post-graduation in urban design from Cardiff University UK. After completing his post-graduation in 2010, he started his own studio.

Designers picture

Graduated from Aurangabad, Ar. Shweta Patil started her practice in 2012 as director and partner in the design alley. She has five years of versatile experience under renowned architects in Aurangabad, before joining the design alley. Since then she has designed a wide range of projects from small interiors to large public buildings.

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