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House in Bangalore / Cadence

  • 01:00 - 15 July, 2009
House in Bangalore / Cadence
House in Bangalore / Cadence

House in Bangalore / Cadence House in Bangalore / Cadence House in Bangalore / Cadence House in Bangalore / Cadence +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Architects

  • Design Team

    Narendra Pirgal, Smaran Mallesh, Vikram Rajashekar
  • Client

    MRr. Phalgun
  • Constructed Area

    214 sqm
  • Area

    111.5 sqm

From the architect. 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?"

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.

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sue ram · April 30, 2010

I know I have migraines...this would make it a torture beyond words migraine?........

rahul · January 30, 2010

went through their other works on their website....awesome!!!!!!

ResearchDesignOffice · October 19, 2009

Cadence Architects - Bangalore :: :: #indianarchitects : 007

arjun · September 24, 2009

im not quite sure what to make of this. certainly the courtyard with its leafy perforations makes for provocative imagery but im not sure how this sensation will endure. some of the earlier concept diagrams show larger openings that would have made the space infinitely more inhabitable although it would have dropped sex appeal points.
as far as context goes, the architecture is pretty relevant ( introverted and contemplative) although the blatant dissociation from its surroundings is a bit disturbing as is the fact that the essence of the space is immutable. austerity is a wonderful thing in small doses but if we were forced to look inwards all the time, it may cause more harm than good.
i would not go so far as to say that the home is too westernised but i definitely detect the intellectual design bias that is a recurring theme in some of the worlds top design schools.

sanjay · September 24, 2009

Actually this plan is absolutely look good for independent house without rented space
what my idea is you have any plan for consutruction of 30'x33'
space occamadation space in the middle of house for green building concept with giving rented space
right left and back fully constructed house

carlos valencia · August 28, 2009

HMMMMM! NYU Department of Philosophy by one US Architect - Steven Holl is looking familiar since 2007 - truly international for India

anand · July 27, 2009

dont think i am just criticizing, i hav an explanation for that, u can ask me why.

anand · July 26, 2009

not a true architects work,

anand · July 26, 2009


anand · July 25, 2009

dear architecs,

definately it is good and bad aswell,

if i have to live in that house i will feel like living in jail, definately it is a good design but not at all for a permanent living residence, it better suits for terrorists(i am sorry)

if blocking the bad views is the main theme of design why did u consider the road facing sides of the house only, definately the other two sides will never be interesting, so u need to block the house from all the sides,

explanation ; human eye always needs a change in vision,
eg : see in a bus always passengers first occupy the window seats, and then they try to stand at the door than standing inside after the seats were filled,
eg : and how muchy time u can watch a television changing channels at different times, but how much time can u sit in front of a switched off television with black screen,

it will have some sociological problems i feel, and make the people feel connected to the world, than making them terrorists,

u have created a good courtyard making him connected to the nature, thats good. atleast i can live for one month to stay in it, but later even it becomes boring.

Anand · July 18, 2009

An introverted house that makes a great deal of difference to the street.

Yoav Ickowicz · July 17, 2009

#modern #white #architecture - House in Bangalore:

kiran · July 17, 2009

what an idea sirji....

sirisha bysani · July 17, 2009

want to add one more thing

i hope powder can could be designed as a attached toilet .

sirisha bysani · July 17, 2009

cool .. first thing i want to say -- i love it .. my first impression about the building is a white cube with out any windows...???? how people can stay in this ... ? that is the only concern which carried till end .. but i agree Great design .. and the details like wall near courtyard and the sculpture in courtyard are too good... i love to live in this place.. i really say great work Cadence!

Namita D · July 17, 2009

Beautiful! A very good concept :-)

sanjay · July 17, 2009

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.

peggy · July 17, 2009

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

jino · July 16, 2009

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!!!!

Sadia Hayat · July 16, 2009

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

Chirag · July 16, 2009

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

Lobse · July 16, 2009

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

littlerock · July 16, 2009

So romantic ;)

iiisan · July 16, 2009

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

Terry Glenn Phipps · July 16, 2009

What did you do with Mother India? |

Terry Glenn Phipps · July 16, 2009

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 · August 02, 2009 05:42 PM

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.

Gatz · July 16, 2009

Nice chairs..

dev · July 15, 2009

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.

theChavacano · July 15, 2009

Beautiful, i just felt in love

iam_ddo · July 15, 2009

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

Matt Krygowski · July 15, 2009

House in Bangalore / Cadence -- like that idea

Minimised _S · July 15, 2009

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.

StructureHub Blog · July 15, 2009

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

sullka · July 15, 2009

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.

T.Nowicki · July 15, 2009

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

Toby Weiss · July 15, 2009

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

Ashwin · July 15, 2009

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...

Yorik · July 15, 2009

Very good & strong design, congrats, Cadence!

Doruk Özdemir · July 15, 2009

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Angela Carr · July 15, 2009

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

ericwest · July 15, 2009

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

nonono · July 15, 2009 05:48 PM

visual poison

sana · July 15, 2009

id like to live in a house like this :)

_e_____q___ · July 15, 2009

I'm in LOVE.....!!

Architecture Feeds · July 15, 2009

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Meera · July 15, 2009

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


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