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While the left side of the site was hedged in with a 50’ high party wall, the right side opened up into a central garden carved out by the neighbours who happened to be architects. We were sure we wanted to preserve the quality of light in their house, so our building outline closely follows theirs, inverting it to create a double shared courtyard.
Location: New Delhi
Typology: Multi Family Residence
Built up area: 18000 SF
Principal Architect: Amit Khanna
Completion Date: 2016
Each of the residential floors was treated differently to extract the maximum build-able volume while ensuring plenty of open space, light and ventilation. The ground floor was split into two smaller apartments arranged around the courtyard with independent access from the parking level. The floor above it reduces in size and being a single apartment.The third residential level was meant for renting out to tenants, while the two bedroom penthouse on the top floor was to be occupied by the client whenever he would be in the country.
The sheer mass of the rock meant that no retaining wall would be needed and the decision was taken to leave the stone surfaces exposed in the interiors of the basement, simultaneously lighting them from above through slits in the parking level. Driven by the pleasing aesthetic of the reddish colour of the stone, the exteriors were given a similar treatment. The exposed concrete structure forms the background to a number of delicate stone screens, offset by the dark aluminium windows.