Private Residence

Architect
blocher partners
Location
Ahmedabad, India
Project Year
2016
Category
Private Houses

In Harmony with the Universe

blocher partners as Architects

In the South Bhopal district on the western edge of the Indian metropolis of Ahmedabad, the beating heart of the burgeoning Federal State of Gujarat, the architects built an unusually atmospheric home for a family of entrepreneurs. Location, floor plan and use of space in the 1,800 square-meter mansion are inspired by the Indian teachings. Two structures of different heights with a cube at the core arrange themselves in an L-shape on the grounds. They form the angled silhouette of the modern exposed concrete and natural stone construction, which shines anew from every perspective thanks to dissonant vertical separations. Large windows provide an airy and inviting character to the unpolished, slightly rough concrete façade. Specially arranged wood elements lend friendly warmth to the exterior of the residence. Rectangular recesses in the facade and lateral strip windows give the building a lighter appearance. Natural beauty also radiates from the hand-hewn, gold-colored sandstone from Rajasthan that surrounds the front part of the house. The raw natural stone façade is formed of blocks of different widths and leads from the entrance to the interior of the house, unfolding around the functional kitchen module and leading back outside to the veranda, via the dining area.


A flowing unit of outside and in results from the continuity of structures, colours and materials. Maximum comfort meets highest elegance. The interplay of exposed concrete, teak, Italian marble, lots of light, transparency and geometric shapes gives the space a modern clarity, homey warmth and a comfortable flair. The clear, attentive guidelines of Vaastu Shastra, which translates as "the science of living", ensure that inhabitants do not feel lost in this home of considerable size. This exclusive, grand home exudes balance, naturalness, positive energy and a sense of security and is an example of a sophisticated Indian lifestyle. As the extraordinary spatial quality of the mansion makes clear, ancient wisdom doesn’t have to clash with new ideas. Interpreted for today, teachings that date back thousands of years can provide a solid basis for the sensual, aesthetic and sustainable building, furnishing and living of tomorrow.

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