House with different roofs / RC Architects India
- Area :
2800 sq ft
Rohan Chavan, Prachi Kadam
Architecture as a science grew out of man’s humble need for protection. “A home” is the purest form of design. Yet modernizes the skin, the spirit of a home is its timelessness, where architecture transcends fashion. Aside from a room with solid walls, a roof, a window, a hearth, everything else is luxury.
Located in a close neighborhood, the location for House with Different Roofs offers a unique context in a semi-urban setting. The longer sides of the site are enclosed between the neighboring houses, while the shorter sides are lined by two parallel streets, allowing light and ventilation for the house and the possibility of creating a thoroughfare within the house. The vision of the project was to ensure maximum availability of natural light and ventilation for the house without disturbing the privacy of its occupants. Also to minimize reliance on artificial resources for ventilation and create spaces that serve more than one user group and more than one activity.
Concept – As the name suggests, House with Different Roofs uses four different roofs, each offering a unique spatial experience. The roofs consist of skylights that let in fresh air and passive natural lighting for the entire home. In addition to protection against environmental influences and noise, they also create playful spatial experiences in and around them. The design is captured between two parallel walls on the longer and streets on the shorter sides of the site. It draws the maximum amount of light from its central core and houses all of the common spaces around it, pushing most of the building to the edges. The house works around the idea of a room and garden, each room is connected to a garden. The garden in connection with the room supports different activities at different times of the day and creates spaces with many uses within the house.
space – On the ground floor one enters the house through a porous but well-covered porch overlooking the street. It lets in plenty of natural light which continues to permeate the adjacent existing hall lined with a staircase leading to the first floor. Proceeding further into the house one encounters light from the skylight and a view of the garden ahead. The living room, enclosed between the shared exterior walls, makes the most of the other two sides, one looking into the existing hall through a window and the other merging into a half wall overlooking the dining area and the garden beyond. The kitchen is opposite the dining area and is bounded on one side by an exterior wall and open plan on the other which houses a utility room and a shared toilet.
The shared garden is surrounded by the living room, kitchen and bedroom and is used for various activities throughout the day. It also plays a very important role in providing ample light and ventilation to the entire home. The bedroom with en-suite toilet has vents on opposite walls facilitating cross ventilation and opens onto a private garden.
The first floor consists of two bedrooms connected with a common terrace. The shared patio begins as a semi-covered space topped by a pine trellis covering, creating an intriguing volume where users can sit alongside the benches or use it as a community space. Adjoining this space is an open-to-sky terrace lined with planters and overlooking the garden on the ground floor. Considering the harsh direct sunlight the patio receives, the patio walls are painted light brown to minimize glare and make it a comfortable space to live in. The terrace ends at the second bedroom which overlooks two gardens – the ground floor garden and the private trellis roof garden, as well as a view of the back street through a corner window.