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The House Of Secret Gardens / Spasm Design

  • 00:00 - 10 April, 2018
The House Of Secret Gardens / Spasm Design
The House Of Secret Gardens / Spasm Design, © Umang Shah
© Umang Shah

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ahmedabad, India
  • Lead Architects

    Sangeeta Merchant, Gauri Satam, Divyesh Kargathra, Vijjisha Kakka, Mansoor Kudalkar and Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

    • RCC Contractor

      Mahir Builtcon
    • Structural Engineer

      Ducon Consultants Pvt. Ltd
    • Landscape Consultant

      Kunal Maniar
    • MEP Consultant

      Vimarsh Plumbing
    • Project Management Team

      Ingit Anand, Kalpesh Shah, Mahendra Shah, Laxman Desai
    • Carpenter

      Krishna Interiors
    • Interior Civil Contractor

      Mortar
    • Artists

      Nabibakhsh Mansoori, Bhairavi Modi, Mansoor Mansoori, Preksha Kapadia, Roma Patel
    • More Specs Less Specs
    © Photographix
    © Photographix

    Text description provided by the architects. This is a private home in Ahmedabad, is an expression in Dhrangadhra stone. The stone used in many of the architectural antiquities of Ahmedabad. The stone has a mottled texture and bone coloration, available in blocks; slabs and dust from quarries nearby it became an obvious choice. It ages pretty well too. The cellular structure of this sandstone holds intermittent microscopic air gaps, acting as an insulation panel itself. This led to the idea of cladding the entire body of the house as a monolith. The organization of the plan is like a simple cross.

    Site Plan
    Site Plan

    This allows for one room thick arms, hence permitting easy cross ventilation and the possibility of a seamless connection with the outdoors. The stone is used in giant blocks vertically to form a periphery, a border to the gardens to frame the edges, allow breezes, and a sense of containment and scale. This frame allows the home to be immersed in the greens, considered imagery and landscape will form the surrounds of the cross-shaped construct.

    © Edmund Sumner
    © Edmund Sumner

    Movement
    From the entry through to the main stair volume at the Centre of the cross, the hallways of the home are so modulated that the sense of sauntering between inside and outside is heightened. Even externally, the body of the house can be surmounted via ascending stairs in solid stone, to discover an elevated garden roof. This home promotes the use of external spaces, all along the edges of the cross layout.

    © Umang Shah
    © Umang Shah
    Ground Floor Plan
    Ground Floor Plan
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    © Photographix

    Searing light
    In Ahmedabad, we find the light very sharp and harsh at times, comfort can be achieved by a darker wall or floor surfaces to reduce reflected glare.

    © Umang Shah
    © Umang Shah

    Ventilation
    Courtyards facilitating the conventional movement of air will be a major part of the passive climate control in the home, stone fins, rough cuts perpendicular to the building face, cause incident shadows hence cooling the face and creating an ever-changing rhythm of shadows and light. The interiors are embellished with rich woodwork boxes that contain wardrobes and large luxurious ensuite bathrooms, sitting within a volume of ceilings and walls all rendered in lime plaster had applied like stucco.

    Section
    Section

    Art and objects
    Chosen from the client’s collection and commissioned from local artists, the home will abound several bespoke objects and pieces, many of which are designed by SPASM for this project in particular. We searched for a custom fit to the client’s lifestyle, aspirations, and needs. A project in which the architecture is inspired and echoes a contemporary yet sensible and slick way of occupying the site. 

    © Umang Shah
    © Umang Shah

    The Gardens
    Intended as seamless extensions of the living spaces the gardens will over the years mature as view boxes which come alive with the moving sun, breezes animating them and rain imbuing the home with the fresh aroma of the dry earth thirst quenched.

    © Photographix
    © Photographix

    The MONK
    A long search for an appropriate emotion for the water body, ended in the commissioning of a life-size sculpture of a pensive monk, in Beslana stone gingerly poised on the water’s surface as if levitating.

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    © Photographix

    The Client
    His long search for the right architect ended with us, ever since a call every single day without fail followed, clearly we became like a drug, a fix, keeping the daily sense of invention, ideas and fervor going. We, love this depth of involvement, his curious nature in unraveling how each aspect of his ask and beyond was arrived at…

    © Photographix
    © Photographix

    The plans adopt a strategy of roofed and open-air rooms…
    The aim was to deliver a home which allows its occupants to live a life in the bosom of nature, sensing the seasons, entertaining their family and friends and juicing the joys of a well-played life… with art, sculpture, objects, contributing to the serenity of the home. The architecture we believe is about summoning beauty and distilling moments of tranquil inner happiness, an awareness of just being and celebrating a single breath when everything is perfect.

    © Photographix
    © Photographix

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    Cite: "The House Of Secret Gardens / Spasm Design" 10 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/892125/the-house-of-secret-gardens-spasm-design/> ISSN 0719-8884
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