Houses | South City Residence
The issue of privacy and independence was tackled with a different approach to the modern Indian family; two identical houses were designed which were joined together through balconies and a common compound area.
Traditionally, the Indian family system has been associated with that of a joint family; in recent times, that has changed with each unit that is a part of the joint setup developing a specific requirement of space and privacy. The client brief necessitated a house for two brothers, on two adjoining plots.
The problem was tackled with a different approach to the modern Indian family; two identical houses were designed which were joined together through balconies and a common compound area. This gave the two brothers independent houses to project their vision and maintain a connection between both spaces at the same time. With a unified facade, the two houses end up looking one. Open spaces and connection with nature has been incorporated at varied levels with two gardens in the front and back of the house. A take on modern Indian joint family living space, Twin house sets a precedent for Indian homes today.
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Amit Khanna Design Associates
We design efficient, high performance, sustainable buildings
Central to our design ethos is the need to design buildings that perform better than the industry average and raise the bar for ethical construction standards.
These buildings have a smaller carbon footprint during construction, and use local materials and manpower.
Using passive and active strategies to reduce energy consumption, they are also more cost effective to operate and maintain in the long term.
We love building things
The quest for absolute quality implies that we follow a unique method of design development. We imbibe the skills & experience of the people who actually make the buildings that we design.
Their involvement acknowledges them as equal stakeholders in the process, & allows us to better predict construction outcomes & quality control.
"Had a fabulous experience working with Amit and his team on a turnkey residential project.
He is not your run of the mill architect. He's trustworthy, flexible and most importantly a thorough professional."
CEO, The Education Alliance
The construction of the project is now deeply integrated into our design DNA.
The complete process from concept design to project completion is now a progression of enhancements instead of a sequence of compromises.
Our unique approach is to take full responsibility for the delivery of our projects till the client moves into the building.
Linking costs to design early in the process lets the client drive the outcome within planned budgets.
Amit Khanna was trained at SPA & Oxford.
He is a regular speaker at industry events, committed to the idea that the Indian architectural industry needs to focus on delivering sustainable buildings.
Current building technology and construction practices still limit our ability to achieve net-zero, i.e. a building that manages to generate as much energy as it consumes.
However, thoughtful design can measurably reduce the amount of energy that a building needs & each tiny improvement adds up to a significant change in the overall environmental impact of our work.
India Design 2019, New Delhi
The growth of population in urban cities increases by the day. Amit Khanna discusses plans to accommodate this growing population it would be needed to manage resource consumption, design robust urban services, build efficient public transit, create spacial equity and safety and improve environmental quality.
"Great job executed by Ar. Amit Khanna and his team in executing our turnkey residential project at Vasant Vihar, New Delhi.
Well coordinated, good workmanship and timely execution with good level of perfection and professionalism. Had a good experience and appreciate his commitment and transparency.
He delivered as committed."
Each floor was designed to suit individual requirements, designing a combined façade was a considerable challenge. Local granites in two shades of grey were chosen for their permanence and installed using stainless steel clamps, ensuring a thermal break between the 30mm stone and the exterior wall.
One by One
We partner with our clients to deliver integrated sustainable solutions for a diverse range of building types and environmentally challenging situations.
The existing house had been designed to maximise cross ventilation and embodied some of our trademark restraint in the materials and exterior form. Rather than try and upstage the existing character of the house, the attempt was to seamlessly blend the large addition required by the growing family.
"Working with Amit was a great experience. He has awesome ideas and delivers on time.
We’ve done two projects with him and we will do many more together."
CEO, Century Overseas
The façade had been reminiscent of colonial architecture, complete with ornately carved stone railings and creamy dholpur cladding. The colour combination was maintained, but the composition was made crisper and more contemporary.
The result is a modern family home that is quintessentially Indian, but has a contemporary outlook.
Thoughtful design can measurably reduce the amount of energy that a building needs & each tiny improvement adds up to a significant change in the overall environmental impact of our work.
Undertaken as a research project to introspect contemporary architectural design for a residence, the building was conceived around first principles of climate, simplicity of materials and construction, with an innovative take on what a modern spatial configuration for a home should be.
AKDA employs an holistic approach to the physical form of each building, from the massing, orientation, and the arrangement of its constituent parts, in order to ensure a responsible approach to the buildings' overall environmental performance.
Design Principal, Amit Khanna spoke at GREHA 2019 in New Delhi.
Greha 2019, New Delhi
Current projects include commercial & industrial buildings, corporate offices, multifamily housing and private houses.
AKDA endeavours to employ technologies that sustain rather than pollute, that are durable rather than replaceable, and that add value over time.