Fact FileTypology: Residential
Site Area: 4750 sq.ft
Built-Up Area: 5170 sq.ft
Photos: Javier Callejas
Material PaletteGlass: Art– n- Glass
Sanitary ware / Fittings: Grohe, Vitra, Gessi
Flooring & Facade: Sivakasi Granite/Harihar Granites Madurai
Furnishing: Gagan Handloom
Furniture: Local Manufacturer Allah Rakha , Durenzo
Air Conditioning: Daikin Lighting: Osram
Paint: Asian Paints
Window System: Schuco
The design of Residence 145 aims to reinforce the interpersonal lifestyles of multigenerational joint Indian households. At Charged Voids, our endeavour is to continue the search for the original form of space—imbibing the fundamentals of simplicity and efficiency while rejecting superfluous ornamentation.
Aman Aggarwal, Principal Architect
Sited on a plot with challenging zoning and height restrictions in southern Chandigarh, Residence 145 is a play on the fundamentals of urban residential design. Conceptualised for three generations of a family, the layout of the house is centred on the idea of connected living. A strong connection with the outdoors is established through internal courtyards, with the interior spaces framing sunny views of the landscape.
While the front of the house comprises monolithic walls in alternating neutral stone and plain white finish, the house itself is segregated into distinct public and private zones. A central open space, featuring a courtyard and vertical circulation, serves as the connection between the first two zones and facilitates natural ventilation throughout the house. Punctures in the built form derive from the locally prevailing wind flow pattern, and a sequential progression has been built between the different zones, with multiple solids and voids creating segmented layers of privacy and openness.
The ground floor consists of an open-plan, double-height living-cum-dining hall wrapped around the central courtyard, along with two bedrooms.. Two other bedrooms and an open kitchen overlooking the courtyard are organised on the second storey, which is accessed by a floating staircase. Along one edge of the kitchen is a curved wall with an opening the length of the wall, creating a slim lightwell that admits daylight from a puncture in the roof above. On the third level is an open bar and terrace.
The material palette is a bare minimum, with the same stone used for exterior finishes extending to the interior walls and flooring. The beige and white tones are offset by the warm colours of the millwork and furniture.