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.
Fernando House in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka by D plus architects
December 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: D plus architects
This house is located in a sub-urban area 1.5Km from Moratuwa City. Foot print is about 4200 sq.ft.
‘Court Yard House’ Residence for Fernando Family at Moratuwa
IT is a strong belief of the architect; that architecture is there to capture the ‘moods’…. ‘Moods’ that are pronounced by the lifestyle of the users of space; ‘moods’ that are dictated by the surroundings on which the building is to be erected… ‘Moods’ that last the lifespan of the building. Thus the design defies the boundaries of ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’; and instead concentrates on a language to reflect the ‘real’ ‘moods’ noticed by the architect, on their merits.
With these intentions; the challenge was to analyze and identify the ‘Moods’ that match a ‘Serene Surrounding’ within the constraints of ‘a businessman’s lifestyle’. As a fortunate occurrence though; the owner, although being a prolific business person, was a profound nature lover.
First phase of entry into the house was designed to enact a transition… to make the client feel that he has arrived… arrived home that is. Let the client feel the homeliness away from the daily hectic routine of his. The transitional space is achieved by the ‘WALL inside WALL’ transitional space forming the ‘Internal Court’.
Thus the design,from the external ‘approach’ onwards was to reflect and enhance the various moods of the surrounding as well as the lifestyle…which creates a comfortable home for the family.
A comprehensive analysis of the brief yielded a wide requirement of a vibrant family; which had diverse tastes and needs. And the internal space is a rich manipulation of these needs and requirements; still keeping to the basic requisite of being a part of the surrounding; while majestically standing with it.
Well grown existing trees has been preserved as an internal garden as the main element of the layout converting the house almost to a ‘L ‘ shaped structure All main spaces and rooms were created to get the view towards the garden and greens. ‘ Environment with greenery, sounds of singing birds and splashing water calms the mind of human being. A building which is open to the nature usher it in, calming and easing the stressed mind.
Each and every space was composed and detailed to be unique and specious while safeguarding privacy thus easing the mind .Double height verandah is a semi public space for one to relax and to experience that they are sitting under the shades of huge trees.
The wide eave gable roof has given a tropical touch to the house while creating a more homey feeling .
Elements Such as large folding windows, columns beams, shading devices, colours and textures have been composed carefully to add a dynamic quality to the building yet complying with the basic concept. In day time shade and light created on out side by sun light penetrating through landscaping and in night time shade and light crated in side by beautifully designed light fittings thoughtfully positioned brings glamour to the place.
Materials were carefully selected, considering not only their financial cost but also the ecological cost. In planning the house long term operational cost in terms of energy usage and also ease of maintenance was also given careful thought.
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