Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates

Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates

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Ambavaram, India
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Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates - Stairs, Handrail
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Text description provided by the architects. The primary program brief from the couple who owned the house was a desire to build a house that was to be their ‘fortress from the cacophony of the world outside’ while creating a sizable space to be used frequently for entertaining friends and guests.

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Ground Floor Plan

Referencing forts as a primer the formal development of the project attempts to balance a need for privacy/protection from the outside while developing layered and tiered open spaces for social engagement.

Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates - Windows
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Privacy & Scale

Our first effort was to distance the notion of privacy from that of scale. Formally the boundary wall becomes part of the three parallel limestone clad wall set that configure program between them and ascend in height as they gain distance from the street scaling the house down to human proportions.

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Wearing the Courtyard Inside Out

This need for privacy and climatic sheltering on the south side street (to mitigate the harsh southern sun) creates a largely impervious facade. The solidity of this construct is completely obliterated once inside the house by sectional overlapping and linked multilevel a hybrid courtyard that is both internalised and external and hence becomes a container for the massive entertainment space required by the client.  This void/court cuts the through the sectional width of the house becoming a programmatic connect for the independently accessible strands of private (family) and public (work &entertainment) spaces that intersect in the physical centre of the house. 

Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates - Windows, Facade
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Cite: "Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates" 18 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/620832/fort-house-sameep-padora-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884

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