Tuesday, September 23, 2008

project # 15

TITLE: SHANUBHAI HOUSE
LOCATION: AHMEDABAD
ARCHITECT: AYAZ PATHAN


This week’s post features a residence done by Ahmedabad based architect Ayaz Pathan: Shanubhai House. The site for Shanubhai house comprises of a 205 sq yard plot with one of the long sides as shared wall. The house forms part of a larger scheme developed by a private developer at the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The developer had already built the ground floor of the house at the time of architect’s intervention, as per the total scheme. The layout done by the developer had problems in terms of space utilization, light and ventilation, treatment of staircase, and construction quality. Thus the entire exercise, in this case, was to modify the existing structure, do necessary changes, and make an inhabitable house out of it. Reworking of staircase, services, and addition of a completely new first floor were the challenges posed by the new program of the house.



existing plan..............................modified ground floor plan...................

first floor plan...........................terrace plan...........................................


north elevation.....................................east elevation.............................


north-east view..............................................entrance..........................


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verandah...........................................family room.................................


................................................balcony...............................................


The ground floor of the house consists of a drawing, dining, kitchen, a bedroom, and services. In a typical commercial development and tight plot, such as the one at Shanubhai house, utilization of the margin areas and their relationships with the interior spaces becomes an issue of primary concern in the design. An attempt has been made in this direction at Shanubhai house by opening the dining area into a semi-open area, which forms part of the margin areas and also serves as secondary entrance for the house. First floor of the house forms a more private domain, where bedrooms, balconies, services, and a family room form a tight assembly of rooms in plan. The material palette of the house comprises of plastered and painted walls, re-used wood for doors-windows, and white marble for flooring.

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