Vernacular and Indeginous Courtyard House by SPAN Architects

Vernacular Courtyard house by SPAN architects

This house designed by SPAN architects stands true to the idea of vernacular and indigenous architecture yet following the contemporary lines. Have a look at its design with SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

SPAN architects- Courtyard house

The SPAN Architects approach was to study the traditional Science, extract its essence, yet arrive at a fresh and innovative design. From Large palaces like Rajwada Indore (Kings Palace) to small residential dwellings, almost all the houses, in this region, used to have such open to sky spaces, Hence Courtyard became the driving factor for this residence Design.

SPAN architects- Courtyard house

Planning of the house is done in such a way that all the spaces are well connected to each other, in which the public rooms surround the central Courtyard. And the Private rooms are placed on the upper Floors. The transparency among internal spaces, the multiple terraces and the central courtyard help one enjoy the pleasant city weather.

View of Courtyard from Master room terrace- span architects- courtyardView of the Courtyard from Master room terrace

Following an Introvert planning, the Boundary wall is of 10’ Height made in stone masonry, so as to break the visibility of internal spaces from the main road. A symbolic, antique door in the Boundary wall greets one to the entrance of the House, giving a similar kind of look, which Indian village homes use to have.

Front boundary wall view-Front boundary wall view

Upon entering the house you are greeted with an entrance verandah, car parking and a small garden.

Front Garden view-SPAN-ArchitectsFront Garden view

The Ground Floor is the social volume that accommodates Drawing room, Family room, Kitchen, Dining space, Courtyard and Parents' bedroom. The central space is embraced with a Courtyard which acts as a transition space and is flanked on either side with a Family room and a Drawing Room. It is the heart of the house.

Drawing room view- ground floorSPAN-ArchitectsDrawing room view- ground floor

The calm outdoor room acts as an entertaining space in summers and provides relaxation beneath the sky. It has an intimate connection with the interior spaces of the house.

Drawing room- ground floor-SPAN-ArchitectsDrawing room- ground floor
Master Room first floor- SPAN-Architects--InnerMaster Room first floor
View through master room terrace- span courtyard houseView through master room terrace

While the second level houses the son’s bedroom along with a multipurpose room for leisure activities under the sloping roof adding a character to the front façade of the residence. 

The material and the texture create an impression of harmony between the house and the nature itself.

view from second floor balcony-SPAN-Architects-View from second floor balcony

Floors are covered with marble & locally available granite. Custom designed doors and windows are made of wood. Finally, the architectural qualities are reached through thoughtful details, clean geometrical forms and the aspiration to achieve simplicity.

View of stairs- Span architectsView of Marble Flooring and staircase

The Choice of the material and finishes enhances the aesthetics of the interior. The courtyard has a brick wall with warli art on the niches, Terracotta tiles and copper vessels used to create fountains add up traditional look to the place.

view of fountain pots in courtyard- SPAN-Architects
view of water body in courtyard- SPAN-Architects-View of water body in the courtyard

Toughened glass partition between the rooms on ground floor acts as an informal partition and provides clear vision making the exterior landscape a part of interiors and allows the continuous flow of spatial quality.

Courtyard view from DiningToughened Glass Partition | Courtyard view from Dining Room
staircase view through courtyard- SPAN-Architects-Staircase view through the courtyard

Project Details:

Architecture Firm Name:  SPAN Architects
Principal Architect/s Name: Ar. Anand Maroo, Ar. Pratik Gupta, Ar. Arpit Khandelwal
Location Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Project Start Date: February, 2017
Project End Date: November, 2018
Built-up Area (sq.ft)    5600 sq.ft
Photographer Interior - Mr. Vivek Samaiya & Exterior - Mr. Dhawal Bumb


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