Urban Noire
5100 SF

While the location may be classified as suburban, the immediate context of this project is undeniably urban. Situated close to the Yamuna, a substantial river that forms a natural boundary between the capital city of Delhi and Noida, it forms part of planned plotted development conceived as little as three decades ago, yet rapidly transforming into a city in its own right. An elevated rail transit station is at the rear and the surrounding building density rivals indigenous developments, agglomerations that tend to be much higher than what urban planners espouse.


The building sits on a narrow street and the response is the make the entrance and parking feel like an extension of the ground plane. An automated garage shutter occupies most of the width of the property, a nod to the family’s love of cars. Inside, a pristine space is designed almost as a shrine to the automobile, with dark floors offset by white walls and ceilings, crisscrossed with strip lighting. From the street, a small gate leads to an intimate courtyard that seems to merge into the interior double height space, separated by “barely-there” glazing. This double height space discreetly recesses the elevator volume behind a staircase that takes one to the main living space.


The building is designed to be inherently sustainable - not only is it planned for minimal heat gain, it is also designed to breathe and allow natural ventilation. Double glazed aluminium windows, LED lighting, Rainwater harvesting, Maintenance free locally sourced finishing materials and  FSC certified exterior grade wood for the screens and railing tops are now minimum standard across all our buildings.



AKDA integrates the disciplines of architecture, interior design, sustainability and construction under a singular ethos.

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