House of Voids
Text description of the architects. House of Voids is located in a residential complex in urban Bangalore. The location, 50 feet x 100 feet with the shorter side along the road, faces south. The most striking element of the house is a 6 ‘deep porch / balcony around the son’s bedroom on the south and southeast side on the second floor. The low-lying balcony was a reaction to the harsh southern sun and privacy from the street.
The customer aspired to build a house that is more than just a place to live or an explanation. For him it was more of a legacy that he would leave behind for generations to come. Taking his efforts into account, the architectural narrative was created by molding the cavities both internally and externally, rather than starting with a shape or geometry. We exhausted masses on the south and south-east side, which led to low-lying balconies that balanced the stoic white walls to which they were anchored. The cavities were then further articulated by adding steatite (soap stone) to the cantilevered edges of the balcony and a series of sliding, foldable teak blinds. These two elements also expressed the veranda’s horizontality.
The teak ceiling extends to the edge of the building and ends with a steatite stone cladding, further emphasizing the cavity under the deep cantilever panels. The posture caused by the light filigree wooden screen on the south and south-east edge and the self-supporting plate on the walls on the south-west and east side contrasted with the fragility caused by the resting of the southeast corner of the balcony over one circular column. This strategy has helped us to anchor the eye in the void below the loggia and to create a balance between solid and emptiness.
The spatial planning of the house was primarily determined by Vastu (ancient Indian science of orientation and spatial planning in architecture) and the linearity of the location. Vastu requested access to the house from the northeast (3rdapprox Quadrant of the plot) part of the house. This caused us to leave a good 10 ‘wide room on the ground floor, which was laid out along the east side with a strip of tropical plants. The house was designed from the inside out, temporarily adding volume, creating double-height public spaces on either side of the central corridor. The large area of the false ceiling covered with veneer on the first floor combines these rooms under a single element.
Although each member is part of a close-knit family, they have their own space in the house and the bedrooms open to their semi-open space, creating a world in a world for each member. We have tried to strike a balance between the strictness of the white walls and the visually rich texture of wood and stone and to create simple spaces that would always exist. Without decorations, architecture and interior express strong and clear lines.
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