Aarjav House / Design Working Group
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Text description provided by the architects. A box isn’t just a box if you know how dynamic life inside is. A beautiful house provides a similar example of well-designed architecture, embodied in one of the city’s compact residential neighborhoods. Aarjav Residence is built around an area of approximately 219 square meters of land, having three open sides and one shared wall. In such a tight fabric, it was quite a challenge to build a 4 BHK house that also includes a studio on the top floor.
This home speaks the language of recreation by merging lush greens and intricately woven design values by the team at DWG. It exemplifies contemporary aesthetics and functionality to its full potential. The most important feature of the house is its facade. “We wanted to make the whole facade interesting.” The idea was to create a dynamic skin that not only casts dramatic shadows during the day, but also sparks inner curiosity about how warm and cozy their interior would be. Patterned only with bricks, their varied modules had thoughtful perforations to bring light and visual connectivity into their interior.
One of the considerations behind this facade design was its climatic condition. Since it faces southwest, the idea of the full skin was to reduce heat gain inside. Protrusions and offsets are designed so that 40-50% of the house remains shaded, especially in extreme summers. Other than that, the existing shafts played an important design decision factor for the openings. A centuries-old mango tree to the south shares much of its foliage, keeping living spaces shaded throughout the year. One can also enjoy this seasonal vibe from a bold window on the first floor and through brick cutouts on the upper floor.
The spatial organization of the house is linear. The 585 m² built complex is separated so that each floor remains in visual contact with each other to feel connected. The double-height volume above the dining area with a large opening overlooks the dense plantings that surround this home. Another main element of the space is its wooden staircase without risers which connects each floor with a scenic visual graphic. The background artwork depicts the life of a sea, reflecting a calm and refreshing mood as you vertically traverse the space. A sufficient amount of daylight from the skylight above is brought into this stairwell by curving the right angle corner of each landing.
The basic idea of the house evolved into a beautiful fusion of nature and the built environment through the use of approximately 150 species of plants both outdoors and indoors; through skylights provided for a good amount of natural light to be purged inside, even inside the bathrooms. In terms of materiality, the textures and colors of its interiors differ from those of its exterior. The use of brick and metal creates a rustic look as seen from the outside, while the interior is cheerful with color, wood and marble finishes. The idea of using a subtle color palette inside was to make the space feel more spacious compared to what its exterior fabric offered.