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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Twin Courtyard house in Chandigarh, India by Charged Voids

 
February 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Charged Voids

BRIEF
To design a house for a family of ten people spanning three generations.

CONCEPT
The house is an attempt to blur the boundaries between exterior and the interior of an urban house. The concept of the house is an illustration of a metamorphosis of eastern spatial interiors and western aesthetics. It was designed for two brothers, on two separate levels yet connected without exposing oneself to the harsh weather conditions.

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

  • Architects: Charged Voids / ar. Aman Aggarwal 
  • Project: Twin Courtyard House 
  • Location: Chandigarh, India
  • Use: Residential
  • Site Area: 420 sq m
  • Building Area: 500 sq m
  • Gross Floor Area: 504 sq m
  • Building Coverage Ratio: 50 %
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 120%
  • Building Scale: Ground + 2 Stories above ground

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

  • Structure: R.C.C. and Brick 
  • Maximum height: 11 m 
  • Landscaped Area: 135 sq m 
  • Parking Lot: 2 cars 
  • Exterior Finish: Paint and Wooden Cladding 
  • Architect: Aman Aggarwal 
  • Project Team: Siddarth Gaind, Rahul Vig, Sugandha Wadhawan & Saurabh Vashist. 
  • Client: Mr. Lalit Goyal 
  • Complete Year: 2012 
  • Photo by: Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

PLANNING
The residence utilizes the concept of two cross axes- a vertical axis through the plan which is the central circulation axis for the ground level and it links the house visually from the front to the rear boundary wall and a horizontal axis which connects the two landscaped courtyards creating a vision across the width of the plot. It is at one end of this horizontal axis that the main entry of the house is positioned. The individual enters on the horizontal axis and then is released onto the vertical axis. It was the client’s desire to have a luxurious home; thus, it was a concern to expand the constraints of a small plot and make the site and consequently the house appear larger. Therefore, the cross axes play an integral role in achieving the same.

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The main staircase upto the first and the second floor is placed right next to the main entrance so that it lends the required privacy to the residents of the ground floor. At the very same time, the visual connection of the staircase is retained with the house on both levels as it looks on the courtyard next to the main entrance of the house, with long vertical glazing running along the staircase.

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

MATERIALS
An earthen palette of materials has been selected to allow for the emphasis of natural elements in the house. Rough textures of stone and cobbles have been used in most landscape areas including the central and the rear courts. Extensive use of wood allowed for the necessary warmth in the interiors.

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Aman Aggarwal ,Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Image Courtesy Charged Voids

Image Courtesy Charged Voids

Image Courtesy Charged Voids

Image Courtesy Charged Voids

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