The Defence Colony residence/ Vir.Muller architects 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. 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.
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