Infused with a vibrant earthiness, this house designed by Trans Design effectively conveys the warmth of nature coupled together with a novel outlook towards delectable comfort.
The Breathing House
Design Firm: Trans Design
Designer: IA. Bhavin Prajapati
Architecture Firm: Tao Architecture Pvt. Ltd.
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Images: Umang Shah
“THE BREATHING HOUSE” a climate-responsive structure turned in to the dwelling. With the provision of cavity walls over the east, north and west façade, preventing heat transmission through walls is achieved. Using earthy materials and hues of nature as a material pallet to generate a sustainable home for living. With the provision of PEX piping over the flooring, favourable temperature is ensured through summery days and maintaining the overall thermal reading of the house. The front façade contributes to the combination of exposed brick complementing the rustic shaded screen covering the frontage.
In the era of modern contemporary theme, breathing house reaches to traditional linkage and adopts using Kota stone with exposed brick cladding over the house. The courtyard is located in a manner that provides a view through both adjacent family sittings and dining area. Considering the open planning and locating the functions, zoning is provided in a way that the entire house is divided into three parts. Every bedroom overlooks the courtyard and enjoys the view.
Adjacent to the dining area is the water body rich with lush green edges creating the area livelier and vibrant. While the dining area serves the view of the courtyard along the water body and accessible is to the kitchen, the presence of the Pooja area brings up the space to be more aesthetically pleasant, positive and feasible for the user. Warm chandelier lights, exposed brick wall and handmade artworks hung over the wall adds beauty to the space.
The traditional informal Indian family sitting is the combination of colourful tapestry and antique pieces of furniture along with the backdrop of exposed brickwork. The anthropometry of the sitting is spacious and providing comfort like a “divan”. The ambience of the space is vital with a vintage view. The formal living room contains a window sitting with a sleek center table and traditional wall hangings lighting up with the view to the courtyard
Parents room is designed minimal in nature with an attached terrace to savour the view with lively context. Keeping the ceiling clean with wooden edges brings a subtle look to the space. The tv cabinet in front of the bed retains carved flower following horizontal groves. This minimal and sensitive approach is providing a great impact on the design. The walk-in wardrobe has storage units with traditional print screening providing the entire area with a heritage look.
The lounge area is provided with a view of a vertical stairwell wall along the circular cutout providing visibility and a projector screen above the void. Utilizing the space storage is provided along the edge with miniatures of birds and other artefacts. Contrasting the hues, the sofa tapestry is a shade of ochre yellow. Behind the lounge area is the workspace cum library with maximum storage capacity acquired by the function and providing visibility to the lounge area through a provided window in between.
The daughter’s bedroom is inspired by traditional fabrics and wooden furniture along with complementing pink patterns. The poster bed with white draping along the window sitting in the centre of attraction. Customized dressing unit with traditional knob is the reuse of former brass vessels top adding checkered thread in order to provide a button view is the design detail. The room serves a view of the courtyard and provides a vibrant and fresh ambience.
The son’s bedroom comprises of simple neat features with shades of blue. The headboard is having geometric soft panelling complementing the wood. While the wardrobe is highlighted with subtle grooves and bold ocean circular knob, screening is provided between the bed wall and the bath area ensuring the view. Window sitting overlooks the courtyard and completes the space. The second floor comprises of the guest room and Jacuzzi. Provision of Jacuzzi over the terrace acquires leisure with ambience. While we live in a global world, designing a personal and intimate space according to its function and retaining the cultural roots is the design aim. Home is designed considering its living and truly enjoying the spaces generated.