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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.

HKS House in Andhra Pradesh, India by SDeG

 
October 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SDeG

HKS house is located uphill in a quiet residential neighborhood in Visakhapatnam. The owners wanted a home with clearly delineated private spaces for the family, and a separate block to host guests and events. The building is therefore conceived as two programmed volumes held together by a bridge-corridor, landscaped courts, and shaded terraces.

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

  • Architects: SDeG
  • Project: HKS House
  • Location: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Photography: Shamanth Patil
  • Design Lead: Sujit Nair, Balaji T
  • Project Team: Sujit, Balaji, Hari Krishna, Pratibha, Gayathri, Shoaib, Siddharth
  • Structural Consultant: ISA Consultants
  • Electrical Consultant: PK Consultants
  • Budget: USD 600K
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 1364 m2
  • Completion Year: 2017

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

At the ground level, the owners can park, meet visitors at a home-office and organize shows at the gallery. Guests are either led up to an entry stairway to the verandah, or towards the north lawns for a celebration. The northern volume also holds a formal living room, a covered deck for brunches and whirlpool bath-lounge, for the children and their guests. The eastern court and bridge together form the pivot of the home. It is both open and enclosed, and offers varying degrees of interaction between the private and public areas of the building. The bridges (on first and second floor) are capped with a large coffered floor that forms a façade recess, causing a low pressure zone, forcing the north easterlies through the core of the house.

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

The second volume includes five large bedrooms along the southern edge, all reaching out to either capture views or winds from the Arabian Sea. On level one, the old and young meet in the family lounge and western deck. This block also includes a double-height formal dining room, kitchens, utility spaces and staff accommodation.

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

HKS house has deep overhangs, thick edges and wrap around greens, intended to keep a large internal volume as cool as possible. The exterior faces are rendered in smooth white and granular grey (cement plaster panels); mild textures to attenuate the effects of saline air and coal dust from the port nearby.

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil

Image Courtesy © SDeG

Image Courtesy © SDeG

Image Courtesy © SDeG

Image Courtesy © SDeG

Image Courtesy © SDeG

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