Hiren Patel

Hiren Patel Architects

P-4, ‘Satkrut’ Parthsarthi Avenue,
Near Shyamal Row Houses – II, Satellite,
Ahmedabad-380 015 Gujarat, India
Tel - +91(79)26767264
Email– admin@hpa.co.in
Web – www.hpa.co.in

 

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Making of a Green House

This is a house in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Sustainability is the driving principle behind the construction and design of this house. The varied spaces and functions are juxtaposed such that it provides a unique display of technology and architectural features to achieve that end.

A ramp leads one to the formal living room amidst the fragrant and delicate frangipani trees, startlingly different and beautiful. This beauty then extends itself to all the other spaces envisaged here. The dining space-facing  the ‘Buddha Court’ connects formal living space and  the family room. The family room having big openings and plantations surrounding it, make it  an utterly desirable space in house. The ground floor accommodates the formal living room, family room, kitchen and dining as well as prayer room. Thus pretty much all the vital and key functional spaces of the home are located here.

Two bedrooms and a music room are situated on the first floor while the son’s bedroom; a gymnasium and open terrace are on the second floor. In the bedrooms, the ceilings have been elevated to allow light. The use of locally available materials was one critical requirement and every effort was made to use materials that are not harmful to the workers involved in the construction as well as the environment as a whole.

One of the requirements of LEED is energy efficiency. The house is designed to maximize on natural light while also focusing on heat reduction. The external façade of the house makes this immediately apparent.

The unique design of the wooden screen on the exterior allows sunlight into the house while blocking the interior from view and keeping it cool by casting shadows that change through the course of the day. The exterior design is similar to it but not quite like the ‘jarokhas’ and ‘jallis’ of traditional Indian houses.

Basic principles of architecture have been applied to the house and use of art and art-objects make the spaces, of ‘timeless’ quality. Nature is an overriding element in this house and the interaction of man and nature has been lovingly made to sustain and inspire at the same time.

All the three vital components that go into any building activity vis Architecture, Interior & Landscape Design have all  been done by  Hiren Patel Architects, resulting in them being well synchronized  with each other. Hiren Patel Architects are a team of award winning architects and designers who have the combined experience of over 500 completely executed projects.