Urvi Shah of Traanspace Designs A Vastu-Compliant Brick Home that Encourages Connections With Nature | Vadodara

Urvi Shah of Traanspace Designs A Vastu-Compliant Brick Home that Encourages Connections With Nature | Vadodara

Nestled on the outskirts of Vadodara, on a 7,400-square-foot plot, this home aptly named ‘The Brick Connection’ is based on the concept of connections. The house reflects the indoor connections with the outdoors, the interaction of one space with another, along with the courtyard, and the interrelation of different volumes and floors. The well-traveled couple, who is grounded closely in nature, approached Urvi Shah of Traanspace to design a coherent home in terms of space utilization and energy efficiency. They further directed to create a Vastu-compliant, climate-responsive, and energy-efficient home. The architect shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) how she realized a home that not only reflects the closeness to the client’s roots but also echoes their elegant personality.


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-the-brick-connection-traanspaceThe couple who wished to settle a little away from the chaos of the city reached Urvi to design a home that follows Vastu-shastra principles and is equally climate-responsive, considering the hot and dry climate of the city. Located in the outskirts of Vadodara on a 7400 sqft plot, this house holds true to its promises.

Courtyard- The Heart of the House

Developed along the principles of nine grid planning, the house has a courtyard at its core. The front door of this biophilic house opens into a central circulation axis.

-the-brick-connection-traanspaceThe living, double-height dining and kitchen on one side extend into a beautiful garden presenting serene views.


Each of these spaces, demarcated from one another by sliding-folding doors, are designed to present solitary behaviour and act cohesively when used in conjunction. 


The garage, family sitting and bedroom are on the other side of the axis. The central courtyard, along with the dining and family sitting, forms a secondary open axis.

-the-brick-connection-traanspaceThe central circulatory axis continues on the first floor creating a bridge overlooking the dining area, with the bedrooms, gym and home theater stacked.

-the-brick-connection-traanspaceThe last floor houses an office, art studio, semi-covered sitting area and terrace.


Bold Brickwork with Exposed Concrete Overhangs Define The Facade 

In sync with the concept of planning, the exterior is a simple geometry consisting of a bold brick mass with exposed concrete overhangs and large openings.

-the-brick-connection-traanspace An attractive circular silhouette is introduced in the facade to break this organization. This element is then explored further in the house, where a monotony break is quintessential.

Brick, Concrete and Wood Forms the Material Palette

The house is conceptualized to be minimal, giving more importance to the spaces than individual elements. Three materials – brick, concrete and wood sum up the material palette.


In contrast with the grey flooring, the brick creates a juxtaposition of subtle textures in the house. The experience created by these natural materials is completed with a few furniture and artwork variables accumulated by the client from around the world. New furniture is designed in harmony with these furniture pieces and the collected pieces are modified to develop a language visualized for the house.


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Climate-Responsive Home

A Vastu-compliant house is, in simpler terms, a climate-responsive residence. Placed in a hot and dry climatic zone, the central courtyard surrounded by all the living spaces is an important design element.

-the-brick-connection-traanspaceIt adds a new dimension for cross ventilation in addition to the conventional methods. Innumerable methodologies such as the thick walls, long overhangs, sunscreens, insulating wall plaster and terrace insulation are explored to create a comfortable interior temperature. Further, the overhangs are designed as water channels for rainwater harvesting. A fascinating play of light from different openings at different hours of the day cast dramatic sciographies.

-the-brick-connection-traanspaceTo sum it up, this house is an attempt to create an environment for the user where the spaces interact with each other as well as with nature as playfully as possible.

-the-brick-connection-traanspace It is like a retirement home, not literally but soulfully, where one can keep aside all the formal layers of life and enjoy the fresh air and tantalizing light, leaving behind the busy city life.                                                              

Project Details

Project Name: The Brick Connection
Architecture Firm: TRAANSPACE
Principal Architect: Urvi Shah
Genre: Residence
Location: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Plot Area: 7400 sqft
Total Built-up Area: 6500 sqft
Year of Completion: 2021
Principal Architect: Urvi Shah
Client: Pankaj Lunawat & Dipika Lunawat
Photographer: Umang Shah 

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