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“Located in a gated community in Vadodara, the context of the site did not provide much of an interesting canvas,” says Urvi Shah of Traanspace. Despite having only 2,900 square feet at her disposal, she has created interest at the heart of this introspective home by providing a void for a cantilevered staircase which traverses the three levels of the bungalow. Made of folded RCC with wooden treads, it is anchored at the wall and has a sculptural presence. Crowned with a skylight, a pattern of imperceptibly moving light and shadow marks time on the brick wall as the sun cuts an arc in the sky above. A six-inch gap at the periphery of the skylight lets out warm air from the top of the courtyard. At the base of the staircase, greenery creates the feel of an indoor garden.
The front façade is a combination of a large, horizontal brick box with a window invading it from one side. “The massing is a floating brick box which projects from all four sides above the ground floor. Instead of using the conventional brick bond, we chose to use a horizontal stack bond to grasp a strikingly linear geometry. Planters and balconies are carved out in the south and west directions to act as a buffer for the internal spaces. This green curtain breaks the solidity of the façade,” says Shah. – Devyani Jayakar
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