Ghose Residence sits on the outskirts of a burgeoning Bangalore. It looks over a valley
which once was a lake, and will soon become embroiled in construction activity.
The Ghose Residence sits pretty on a rocky hill, with ‘private’ greenery all
reveling in the ‘new urban home’; one which opens up to recoil, welcomes to
fend of, and builds to sustain. The dichotomy of our escapist urban premise is
not lost on it.
Premise and the Actors:
typology of insular living, as against traditional Indian joint family models,
seeking internal self-sufficiency and peace.
The brick landscape wall wraps, protects, earmarks the physical module,
internalizing the private living spaces. It protects privacy from roads and the
heat from the south west. It rises, to ease shoulders, to mark the entry into
the individual module. It rises from the earth.
insular motif of the house and the contextual premise of escapism, elaborates
on its linkage with the outside.
The upper floors
transform into two tubes which reach
and breach the brick wall to hover above the valley; in a symbolic gesture. The
ends of these tubes are blocked.
The brick landscape wall
rises independently to the light frame of the tubes. The continuous glass gap
represents their dichotomous symbolic relationship.
family room hangs in between these tubes, overlooking the internal garden,
becoming the heart of the building.
A suspension of activity
engaging the insular family in their confines, bringing in light and nature,
overlooking every part of the house and delivering it, its purpose of being. It
changes with the day, the season
into hues and colours making it the throbbing
and pulsating part of the house.
Ghose house discourses on the independent module of living, which is sought by
most urban upper class citizens. It elaborates on the divisions, and the lines
between perception and reality.
house has greenery all around, leaving space all around to create a green
buffer. It relies completely on natural light and ventilation. It harvests
rainwater to try and preserve the ground level water which finds itself in
models an existential module for the urban family.