House in Bangalore / Cadence


Architects: Cadence
Location: Bangalore,
Design Team: Narendra Pirgal, Smaran Mallesh, Vikram Rajashekar
Client: MRr. Phalgun
Site Area: 111.5 sqm
Constructed Area: 214 sqm

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The 1,200 sq ft corner site presented us with the classic urban scenario. The site was abutted by houses on two sides and flanked by low income housing on the other two sides.

The question thus posed to us was, “What would be the relationship of the dwelling to the outside?”

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concept diagrams 01

The stand taken by us was to incorporate the “outside” inside while the building shuns the surroundings. A classic diagram of this would be the traditional courtyard house. Taking this classic diagram we moved the court to the corner to create new spacial and formal effects. By moving the court to the fourth quadrant of the square we cold magnify the boundaries of each program flanking the court i.e. the living room, the dining and the bedrooms would not only feel much bigger but also would have sectional relationship with the open to sky court.


The court is further articulated by placing a sculptural element that would serve as an informal dining area as well as a tub housing a tree. The jali wall cast in-situ completes the fourth corner to accentuate the experience of the court.

Cite: "House in Bangalore / Cadence" 15 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Meera

    Well articulated clean work. A departure from the regional courtyard designs seen yet a crisp dialog with the outdoor. Very Exciting!

  • _e_____q___

    I’m in LOVE…..!!

  • sana

    id like to live in a house like this :)

  • ericwest

    i may love the effect on the wall, but is it a poisoned weather there ? Not a single window ?

    • nonono

      visual poison

  • Angela Carr

    Beautiful courtyard house – love light patterns from punched wall & bold colours.. RT @archdaily: House in Bangalore

  • Doruk Özdemir

    House in Bangalore / Cadence:
    Architects: Cadence Location: Bangalore, India Design Team: Narendra Pirgal, Smar..

  • Yorik

    Very good & strong design, congrats, Cadence!

  • Ashwin

    That was really a MASTER PIECE,which made me fell in love
    with that building. But one thing which amused me was..the site was abutted by others..which
    actually wouldnt be a problem i guess…not at all single opening towards outside..which makes them a frog in the well who doesnt have any tie up with outside world..

    which i felt lil bit uneasy..hope i shall recieve a reply on mi question…
    thanking u…

  • Toby Weiss

    Artfully urban way to block undesirable views while still getting light:

  • T.Nowicki

    to go from ground floor to first floor you must take outside stairs? or is the ground floor independent apartament?
    …anyways beautiful architecture!

  • sullka

    MMMMMM…..mixed feelings.

    Overall it’s a great house, and the most important it addresses and solves a problem typical in india, lack of housing and means to buy a house.

    So, you build your house and add a second one to rent, the owner could live in the first floor and rent the 2 stories on top for quite some money, or live in the second level and rent for less money the ground floor apartment.

    The only critic I would have is that neighbors won’t be that friendly with that rethoric of; “everything around is low income and ugly, so I just going to live in this shell”

    Also, is there a mistake in the ground floor plan?, those are actually 2 powder rooms, there’s no bath or shower, unless the one of the WC becomes the shower, in that case you could get rid of the sink at the end of the hallway.

    Nice job from India, thanks for posting this mod.

  • StructureHub Blog

    Nice work of making a white cube appear light, via the many cutouts. As for the “outside” question, I’m less convinced.

  • Minimised _S

    Very Nice, I liked the way the design concept varied till it reached a subtle exterior impression.
    I would also like to see some exterior minimalism reflected on the interior of the house.
    Too much use of color distracts attention from every space.
    Good Job with planning too. I however disregard the huge sculptural piece in the elevated courtyard. Its toobig for the space and makes the space look smaller.
    Do you guys have a website to see more of your work.

  • Matt Krygowski

    House in Bangalore / Cadence — like that idea

  • iam_ddo

    1st smart indian arch office i’ve heard of (judging by this single project).

  • theChavacano

    Beautiful, i just felt in love

  • dev

    an introvert design which takes inspiration from the courtyard housing. its a bold step by the architect to come up with a “DABBA” (box), yet giving it a unique character through the exterior perforations. the idea of the elevated court is good but i feel the sculpture is a little too big for the space. and the fluidity of the sculpture breaks the monotonicity of the solid and heavy nature of the building.

  • Gatz

    Nice chairs..

  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    It’s not the architect’s fault, but Bangalore used to be known as “the garden city”. This architecture, however clean it may be, speaks to the fundamental problem of the city and of development in India. This is heartbreaking for anyone who loves Mother India, at the same time that I applaud the aspirations of people who build better architecture.

    This is, arguably, better architecture but I am not sure it has anything to do with Indian architecture. This is not facetious. I really have been inspired, for instance, by the reliance on formal symmetry as opposed to Ikebana or dynamic symmetry in Indian architecture. I equate formal symmetry with notions of relaxation, refuge, and serenity. Here those ideas are thrown out the window in favor of concepts that are Japanese in origin and fundamentally western in evolution. Does this work?

    Terry Glenn Phipps

    • Zerospace

      I agree with your assessment of the work as being westernized.
      But represents the way we live anywhere in the world – global, westernized,half india and half rest, I have Indian bread and curry in Lunch and subway sandwich in the dinner. The traditional symmetry, the so called Indian-ness does not exist for the contemporary and young. Check out some of my interpretation of architecture in contemporary India.

  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    What did you do with Mother India? |

  • iiisan

    Fit right in in a city like Bangalore @ House in Bangalore by architect Cadence

  • littlerock

    So romantic ;)

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  • Lobse

    This house could be placed any where. Dont see any local ref.
    I like those light leaves in the wall.

  • Chirag

    Nice work… but in time one may feel bored packed inside the cube… at some point of time everyone needs some socialising elements in the house like a balcony protruding outside… such elements have brought lot of harmony between neighbours here in India

  • Sadia Hayat

    Like the facade treatment … reminds me of peter zumthors work…… but why so many, and so strong colours in such a small space…….. reminds me of the Indian diwali ………. so the whole is quite a hotch potch i feel

  • jino

    i hope you have designed more than just a courtyard????!!!!! where are the other rooms??? are you scared to show them???…looks like that…thats the case with many houses from india….the cnetral space would be done well…but they screw the other spaces!!!!

  • peggy

    these guys freakin’ rock. unbelievable talent and potential. waiting with bated breath to see what masterpiece comes next.

  • sanjay

    considering the residential context in india,this a really a sensitive work done by u guys,the aspect of the court yard which has been the focus of indian architecture for long time now is well articulated,its inspiring as well.