KĀ House designed by Vastu Shilpa Consultants is a private residence commissioned by Mr Anand and Koman Sanchorawalaa for their family of four, located in a quiet neighbourhood on the western outskirts of Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The external facade looks like a cluster of solid red blocks that house the private spaces, such as the bedrooms and the kitchen, and are placed at the four corners of the 460m² building. They are sited apart to make space for public spaces such as living, dining, and circulation.
The various programmes of the structure are spread over multiple levels, some just a few steps apart, increasing the spacial complexity of the house. The openings are placed to diminish direct sunlight, but natural daylight bounces and filters deep into all areas of the house. The ground floor connects directly to the open spaces around the house. The rooms of the upper floor open up to private verandas and courtyards.
The walls of the house are finished with a local variant of Venetian plaster, where the design team, led by Sonke Hoof, has replaced marble dust with that of bricks. The technique was developed with the local masons on site. The coloured plaster gives the residence its red colour.
Design Team: Sonke Hoof, Namrata Sah, Vivek Gajjar, Dhruv Gusain, Niccolo Calabrese de Feo
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Photos: Karan Gajjar
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