Houses |Ridge House
Houses | Urban Noire
While the location in which the project sits may be classified as suburban, the immediate context of it is undeniably urban. Situated close to the Yamuna, a river that forms a natural boundary between the capital city of Delhi and Noida, it forms a part of planned and plotted development, conceived as little as three decades ago, yet rapidly transforming into a city in its own right.
With an elevated rail transit station at the rear, the surrounding building density rivals indigenous developments forming agglomerations that tend to be much higher than what urban planners espouse.
The owners approached us with a divergent brief. The house had to accommodate multiple generations of a growing family that wanted a unified living experience, but needed their individual spaces to reflect their own unique characteristics.This evolving brief created the parti for the building - a series of stacked plans that follow the same footprint, but have dramatically different layouts.Enveloping the floor plates is a facade that reflects these disparities - the materials change from one floor to the next, as does the nature of the shaded spaces. 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. The main living floor, suspended over the parking, is designed as a pavilion with glazing at either end. Not only does this enable cross ventilation, it also visually expands the space, belying the actual dimensions of the space. Upper floors recede from public to private, from the old to the young, housing multiple bedrooms with markedly varying characteristics. The terrace is intended to be used to entertain and rejuvenate, letting the eye travel over the urban landscape.