MODEST HOUSE IN ‘POL’ NEIGHBORHOOD by Inpractice
Inside a standard dense neighborhood in Ahmedabad, India, that’s quickly adapting to a extra fashionable lifestyle, structure agency Inpractice has constructed a single-story residence product of uncovered concrete, with facades articulated by cuts, folds, and bends. Dubbed ‘Good Home,’ the brand new challenge replaces an present dilapidated construction and emerges from the area, which is paying homage to communal residing in India’s ‘pol’ housing clusters, to exhibit its useful robustness. It stands in placing distinction to its environment and suits harmoniously into the dimensions of the neighborhood as a small city insert.
every ‘pol’ has a cluster of properties whereby every household shares a thread of commonality | picture courtesy of Inpractice
a intelligent home that blends seamlessly into the native context
This neighborhood in Ahmedabad has all of the points of a standard ‘pol,’ however modifications over time whereas nonetheless remaining rooted within the concept of group residing and interplay between the homes and the road. By way of its materiality and its ‘existential honesty,’ the Intelligent Home by Inpractice (discover extra right here) blends seamlessly into this native context.
A gently curved nook on the northwest finish marks the modest entrance to this home. Getting into the home, one is immersed in an open area the place heat daylight connects to the road by the skylights and low-set home windows positioned at completely different ranges on all sides, with out compromising the privateness of the area. The home windows on the north wall seize the excessive solar, and the home windows on the west wall hook up with the bustling lifetime of the road. On this facet, alongside the size of the home, runs an ‘otla’, a standard low platform – a break within the busy a part of town.
a single-story residence product of uncovered concrete | picture by Vivek Eadara
inside areas merging into each other
The residing, laundry, and cooking areas on the bottom flooring are organized one behind the opposite in a linear, distributed association. These areas merge into each other with out a defining bodily barrier or threshold, elevating the character of versatility to a single area that may accommodate a number of features. The deep recesses within the home windows function intelligent storage areas inside and seating areas exterior. The furnishings, particularly the seating, frames the residing area in opposition to the backdrop of an ornate staircase – every step an impartial steel piece completed in wooden, with parts of the area under clad in shiny yellow that function seating, storage, and even show area. A have a look at the higher flooring provides the sensation of a courtyard.
the facades of the ‘intelligent home’ are articulated by cuts, folds, and bends | picture by Vivek Eadara
Upstairs, a bed room and loo span your entire flooring, overlooking the expansive and vibrant residing area under. The off-center window fronts flood the area with ambient gentle whereas framing the close by group heart. Within the absence of opaque boundaries, solely the furnishings conveys the expanse of the transitional area, which ends up in a small bridge that serves as a studying nook, with a bookshelf and studying platform flooded with gentle by the open skylight. The bridge results in a small terrace that’s separated from the condo aside from a small peephole. It’s the out of doors area of this small household unit. From right here, a concrete out of doors staircase leads as much as the higher terrace, which overlooks the decrease terrace and overlooks the radiant neighborhood.
Each flooring are open, permitting gentle to enter from completely different sides. Refined particulars in parts such because the staircase, gargoyles, grilles, doorways and even furnishings distinction with the solidity of the uncovered concrete and create a stability.The play of sunshine and shadow frames each a part of this dwelling, highlighting the previous world appeal of Polish properties introduced with a brand new perspective to symbolize the period wherein they have been constructed and the aspirations of the individuals who dwell in them.
protruding home windows enable the occupants to attach with the environment | picture by Vivek Eadara
the residing and cooking areas on the bottom flooring are organized one behind the opposite | picture by Vivek Eadara