B House / Cadence

© Clare Arni

Architects: Cadence
Location: Bangalore,
Design team: Smaran Mallesh, Vikram Rajashekar, Narendra Pirgal
Structural engineer: Manjunath & Co.
Projecta area: 2,400 sq. ft.
Photographs: Clare Arni

© Clare Arni

The site measures 60 feet by 40 feet with the longer side facing the road but with no view to speak of. On the lateral sides are existing buildings whose walls are juxtaposed with the site’s boundary.

Typically, residences are designed with a front yard abutting the house with a couple of functions having a view of this landscaped area. We asked ourselves how we could increase the presence of this ‘outside’ within the daily activities of the house.

ground floor plan

Our solution then was to design a C-shaped house which allows for the landscape to plug into the built space with all the living spaces looking into a double height courtyard, thus maximizing the boundaries of the programmes i.e., the living room, the dining room and the bedrooms, flanking the courtyard. The service areas were pushed to the periphery.

The vision for the courtyard was to be sculptural rather than being a platonic entity with the compound wall having a dual purpose of both cutting off the outside as well as providing a backdrop for the view from within the courtyard.

© Clare Arni

The elevation was designed to be a monolithic object which is faceted and has a crystalline sensibility. As one approaches the house, the compound wall which is treated with red oxide gives an appearance of being part of the ground, almost like constructed earth, rising up to wrap the courtyard creating a womb for the courtyard. The openings on the front façade are crystalline cut outs that merge with the rest of the faceted monolithic form.

Cite: "B House / Cadence" 28 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=106544>

5 comments

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    Although the finished product looks awkward the process is strong and thought out.
    The more I look at the simple yet effective diagrams the more I like it!

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    Such radical designs for buildings may stand out individually.. but what about the character of the city. Bangalore city has got a certain urban character attached to it. If you have to imagine each building to be so loud and radical, the city will soon turn into an eyesore. This is a comment not for the architects in particular, but to the whole fraternity to maintain the character Indian cities have developed over centuries and not simply copy the west blindly

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    I don’t think this will detract in any way from the character of the city. Beautiful, simple design, an exercise in the ironic and implausible. Like a Cadence in B# !

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