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The Defense Colony Residence / Vir.Mueller architects

  • 01:00 - 9 May, 2012
The Defense Colony Residence / Vir.Mueller architects
The Defense Colony Residence / Vir.Mueller architects, © Andre J. Fanthome
© Andre J. Fanthome

© Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome © Andre J. Fanthome +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architects

    Vir.Mueller architects
  • Design Team

    Christine Mueller, Pankaj Vir Gupta, Sarah Gill, Harsh Vardhan Jain, Saurabh Jain, Kai Pedersen, Hillary Collins, Helena Westerlind, Everett Hollander
  • Structural Engineer

    Himanshu Parikh
  • Client

    Saran and Puneet Dhupia
  • Contractor

    Macro Constructions (Mr Subhash Chakravarty)
  • Area

    11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Defence Colony residence/ Vir.Muller architects

© Andre J. Fanthome
© Andre J. Fanthome

In the city of New Delhi, the rising price of land compels owners of private property to build to the maximum permissible envelope of the site. The streetscape - balancing the scale between private residential buildings and public streets in the city - is rapidly diminishing. Residential areas are overrun by masonry boxes, devoid of interface between the public and private realm. This project aspires to actively create a dynamic, visually permeable street edge.

© Andre J. Fanthome
© Andre J. Fanthome

The Defence Colony residence derives its material and tectonic vocabulary from tombs and palaces - fragments of 15th century Islamic medieval architecture - that anchor the landscape of Delhi. Built with load-bearing masonry walls, and designed to withstand the exigencies of a Zone 4 seismic location, the residence creates its sense of architectural and urban identity by adhering to one primary material - moulded red brick.

© Andre J. Fanthome
© Andre J. Fanthome

The mass of the bricks is expressed both in the thickness of the walls, as well as in the surface articulation, keeping the house thermally temperate, and endowing it with a rich earthen hue. Simultaneously however, the brick transforms into a veil in the screens that shade the west facade of the building. All doors and windows, made from Teak timber sections, are hand fabricated from logs of on the site.

Polished marble floors reflect the light within, offering a luminous counterpoint to the masonry walls. The architecture engages in a play of kinetic energy, allowing glimpses of the street as well as the activities within. This is simply a hand-crafted, modern house, seeking to restore the relationship of inhabitants to their fundamental material context.

© Andre J. Fanthome
© Andre J. Fanthome
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Marvi · November 01, 2013

This is truly an inspiring project. The design is amazing in the versatility acheived by using only one material to the best of its capacity. Mindblown.

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