Prairie House / Arch.Lab

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Chandigarh, India
  • Architects: Arch.Lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  869
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Grohe, American Standard, Emcer Tiles, Innovative Komforts, Spacewood, Thermopine, XAL
  • Lead Architects: Mohit Vij, Harsimran Singh, Renuka Prashar, Harmeet Singh, Saanya Arora, Pragya Issar
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Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Exterior Photography
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Text description provided by the architects. The house is largely a depiction of a fusion of the client’s lifestyle requirements shaped through the design ideology. The clients were a family consisting of three generations (a couple, their parents, and two children) with a simple brief of wanting to be on the same level so that they would be around the young kids and have spaces to entertain their guests additionally. This meant to have distinct spaces for each generation and yet, integrate them on the same level inside, as well as with the outdoor spaces.  Here, we re-interpret the perception of courtyards, basements, and shelters. The idea of shelter has been translated as a large overhang, trying to complement and extend the shelter of the existing trees on site.

Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Exterior Photography, Courtyard
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Table, Chair
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The conceptual start was to represent each space as an individual volume and each volume distinct. The design outcome is a play of three distinct blocks, each with an inside-out representation of function through materials namely stone and brick. There are two courtyards one at the basement level and one at the ground.

Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
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Plan - Ground Floor
Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade, Windows, Garden, Courtyard
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Spatially, the functions are organized as formal and informal spaces on the ground. At the entrance, the first focal point is a strategically placed water body extending out over a sunken courtyard. It screens the rear informal spaces as well as brings reflections of light into the entrance space. The common spaces are in one bay and bedrooms in another. Each bedroom has access to an open space – the parent’s room has the front yard, the kid’s room has the second courtyard, and the master bedroom has the backyard. There is a straight flight staircase in the central space that highlights the linearity of the circulation space.

Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Interior Photography, Facade, Garden
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Basement sunken courtyard is placed designed for access to light, and air as well as access to outdoor greens making the gym, home theatre, pool table (recreation), and small living space more breathable.  A connection through the extended steps access to ground floor outdoor spaces and makes one continuous space for hosting get-togethers and events.

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Section A-A
Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Exterior Photography, Stairs, Brick, Facade, Garden, Handrail, Courtyard
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The first floor has a room for kids for future use and a guest room. The second floor houses the servant’s quarter at the rear and considering the site is a corner plot, they have an independent entrance on the ground from the side with access from the rear. Living spaces have been provided on the first floor as well that open onto a terrace with an overhang. This overhang covers all the terraces as a unifying element. The result is intersecting volumes that have been humbled into the earth and wrapped in brick and stone for both an earthy and contemporary vibe, with a shelter in wood floating above that brings out the warmth of an abode.

Prairie House / Arch.Lab - Exterior Photography, Brick, Windows, Facade
© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

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