The White Habitat Farmhouse, New Delhi
The White Habitat's basic design philosophy was initiated from the client's ideology of massing the built volume around the greens to get constant views of Nature and the pool at any given place and time. A figure of about 15,000-20,000 sq.ft. was taken for the built mass on the 3-acre farm-spread. The client's ideology of open, pure, clean, and straight line spaces, was to keep the Habitat simple and slick. The design philosophy started with the pool as the main reference point of public movement and design pattern of the space. Many permutations and combinations of design options were sketched with the play of greens, pool, walkways, and clubhouse.
The three basic underlying principles for the external building were views of the Greens and Pool; plenty of Natural Light, and constant flow of Fresh Air. The built mass design philosophy of the client was to keep the farmhouse low-rise (Ground +1 max) so that there was a close connect between the enclosed pool space and greens and the family members living inside.
After the planning of the various built volumes, the architects divided the two floors according to the public and private interaction. The ground floor was kept very public with huge lavish dining, living, and kitchen areas looking into the blue and greens, and two huge guest bedrooms, while the first floor was kept very private with the main family occupying the first floor plate with three massive bedrooms and a huge family lounge with a small pantry.
|Built Up Area:||17,000 sq.ft., approx on a 3 acres spread|
|Sanjay Arora||Founder / Principal Architect|
|Sanchit Arora||Studio Head / Architect|
|Vandana Arora||Interior Designer / Decor Head|
|Virender Singh||Studio Technical Head / Architectural Assistant|
|Vibhor Yadav||Renesa’s Photographer|
|Mechanical:||TN Engg & Consultants.|
|Plumbing:||ZSA Engg Services.|
|Site Contractor:||Alliance Construction Co.|
The use of jallis for the façade, along with solid white walls along the classical wrought iron balcony detail, adds a very Indian-esque feature to the building. The jalli details have been used both as slabs for the walkways and as aesthetic treatment to conceal the vertical services of the building. Renesa has carefully placed the voids in the building with the greens growing and merging into the voids and added value to the spatial view inside.
Other than the main activity zone of the farmhouse, recreational activities designe include a clubhouse which was commissioned just outside the main complex for the spa and sauna, and a pool table with badminton court for evening leisure sports.
The servant quarters were designed away from the main complex and concealed with creepers. The rest of the available green space was designed on the lines of a small golf course, with a jogging track running along the course, and linking and merging into the main built complex.
Nowadays, where the materials need to be perfectly balanced with one another, the architects chose to assume a monotony in the color tone where white color tone would interact with the rest of the green and flower tones. The Farmhouse is spread over 3 acres with the built-unbuilt relationship being established by the beautiful landscaping throughout. Precisely the reason why the white color of this project aims to solve and conceptualize the disappearance of architecture through its material consistency.