A Compact Residence in a Dense Urban Locality Looks Inwards to Elevate the Living Experience.
Daylight, ventilation, interconnectedness and privacy inform the design of this house located in a dense New Delhi neighborhood. The team took on the challenge of creating an airy, day-lit sanctuary, expressed as two staggered duplexes around a central courtyard and a small rear courtyard that is staggered in section, allowing light and ventilation deep into the lower floors
The west facing plot is enclosed by buildings on three sides with no setbacks, with the narrower face opening towards an 8m wide feeder road. The street-facing west facade, the offset central courtyard, and the diagonally placed third court form the three vertical spines around which all the rooms find their rightful place.
The primary central courtyard has been designed as a triple-height light coloured wall to act as a reflector for the south light into the internal spaces that are staggered around it. The courtyard is also flanked by verandahs that are outdoor extensions to life within the house and a place for different family units to be able to chat across from the space they occupy, like in an old fashioned aangan.
To maximize the heights, an innovative hybrid structural system has been used, comprising of a modular metal grid of beams and columns with concrete slabs poured wihtin the frame, accommodating the beams within the slab. This also creates seamless sightlines with no visual obstruction and exposes the structural system - making the house a frugal yet finely crafted expression of its materials.
The design employs and earthy material palette to elevate the tactile experience of the shell complementing the open, airy spaces. White plastered walls, exposed metal work and white terrazzo flooring populate this shell, facilitating the overarching intent of crafting light and roomy volumes. Subverting the archetype of poorly-lit-row-houses characteristic of such dense neighborhoods, the design of Stacked House proposes an alternative morphology for residential developments in Indian cities.