Dipen Gada

Dipen Gada & Associates

3 White House, 44 Vishwas Colony,
Alkapuri Vadodara- 390007
Gujarat, India
Phone +91 265 2311136/2351626
Email dipen317@gmail.com
Website www.dipengada.com


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At Peace: Niraant

With the fast pace of urbanization , the one thing that gets lost is nature in our lives. How do we get in touch with nature, how do we get a bit of nature into our lives is the challenge which designers are often asked to meet. One would imagine the building of a home on a one acre property near a river bank would naturally entail the bringing of nature within the living space, but this needn’t be so. The design team Dipen Gada and Associates took upon the task of creating a haven with loads of nature included into the basic concept of design and add elements that looked at taking away the stressors of daily life in built within.

The site is on a one-acre property near a riverbank. It is planned on Kotar (natural curved land) and later filled to achieve desire terrain so that it weaves itself with its natural environment. The brief of the project was a retreat home with a simple requirement of 2 bedrooms with a home theatre and pool as spaces that provide the ease to relax, mediate and get away from routine. The client wanted to create an environment that would surrender to nature and provide an experience, which would enable a stress free zone.
The concept of a single level home seemed appropriate as per the spread of the site and program of the farmhouse. This linear entity of retreat house is designed keeping in the mind the concept of bold minimalism. The designed space also had to look beyond the definition of a typical house.

The site is located in a place with extreme hot dry climate with an average of daytime temperatures around 45 °C. So it was necessary to have a house, which offers a mild and pleasant climatic condition and has inbuilt mechansisms to beat the heat.

As one enters in the house, the glimpse of entire linear house is seen. The living room with a view of pool is furnished in vibrant colors and motifs.

Next to it, the dining room and small compact kitchen are designed with unconventional interiors. Both the spaces are filled with lamps, conceptualized by the designer, and lots of artwork, elevating the level of sophistication.

Large sliding doors of home theatre provides a great view to the entire site and seamlessly extends the house into the outdoors. While the area around swimming pool shows a willingness of being an introvert area by disconnecting from outside. Thus the house offers two contradicted environments that can be used as per the mood.

The huge blank cavity wall facing southwest is created for the purpose for protection of heat from soaring summers. This walls acts like a spine of the house. Narrow punchers on west side welcomes the southwest fast flowing wind and air vents on skylights at east corner acts like escape for the hot air. Thus effective channeled air movement cools down the indoors. Green Landscape on terrace seems a great buffer for the house. These passive-green building strategies gives a guarantee of a low-impact and low-maintenance structure.

This cavity wall offers a varied scenario to its outdoors and indoors. This differently plastered wall and the patterns of wide ranged landscapes attempts to juxtapose an outdoor environment that belongs to the place. The wall also proposes a dialogue between open spaces and built up area by making a backdrop for art installation of human figures in different posture like lying on an odd shaped cut-out, sitting on the slab, relaxing on the wooden deck, talking with the nature or praising the weather depicted the feeling of relaxation and burden free atmosphere. The postures will surely draw you away from your worries and give you enthusiasm for a happier life.

The other art works in the entire house conveys a story and increases the charm of the space. The house with its bold minimalist expression stands firmly and praises this amalgamation of art and architecture.
The material usage is minimal and subtle with lots of experimentation. The color palette gives a right punch to the created atmosphere. Overall the house offers contemporary interiors with Indian vernacular twist, which seems a delight to see. Ips (Indian pattern stone) in different patterns and colors are experimented along the entire house. The property of developing cracks in Ips is controlled by insert of glass strips at frequent intervals and thus creating joint-free flooring.