Spanning 45,000 sq ft land, this 4-BHK house located on the outskirts of Ahmadabad features an amalgamation of a series of courtyards, such as an entry court, a central court, a dining area court, a shower court and a pool court making it a very open house allowing natural elements within. Arpan Shah, the founder and principal designer of MODO Designs has shared more details about this impressive 'courtyard house' with us. Scroll down to read:
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Requirement of An Open Layout
The brief given by the owner was 4 bedroom house with a living, study and entertainment area. The owner wanted an open house and hence conceptual layout started with layouts when courtyards and semi-open verandah spaces.
Since there were only the owner and his father to be staying while the daughter would be visiting at times, hence it was openness that was preferred over closed secured spaces.
The house contains a number of courtyards, such as an entry court,a shower court, a central court, a dining area court, and a pool court making it a very open house allowing natural elements within.
The ground floor is organized around a central courtyard which is an interpretation of the traditional typology of haveli houses of Ahmedabad. However, the contemporary expression is through a series of peripheral courts that allows the central court to connect outside and have an extrovert character.
The central court is surrounded by a study area, kitchen and dining area, living area, owner’s bedroom, guest bedroom, and father’s bedroom, while the upper floor is lighter with only the entertainment area and owner’s daughter’s room.
The upper terraces overlooking the garden have to sit out spaces in continuation to the entertainment area. The form is visually lighter from the north garden with upper-level mass receding.
The central court and pool court has an operable roof to open or close when desired while the peripheral courts are all open with dense plantations.
Relaxing and Informal Material Palette
The material palette is informal and cosy, with roughened black Marquina marble flooring in most spaces and lava stone in the central court. The house uses reclaimed wood extensively which along with the black marble flooring in interior spaces gives a warm and dark mystical ambience to the spaces.
The walls comprise rough wood patterned concrete, lime coat and wood panelling. The interior has a mix of western contemporary furniture and customized Indian contemporary furniture.
Project Name: The courtyard house
Architects: Modo Designs (design team – Arpan Shah, Jaydeep Rathod)
Project Location: Racharda, outskirts of Ahmedabad
Year of Completion: 2022
Built-up Area: 1150 sq yds ( 10,350 sq ft)
Interior designer: Studio In Dtale
Landscape designer: Landscapes India
Structural consultant: P Cube Consultants
Contractor: Unicon Buildscape
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