The 1200sqft corner site in Bangalore, India, was provisional with the classic urban scenario. The site was abutted by houses on two sides and flanked by low income housing on the other two sides. The question thus posed by the site was, “What would be the relationship of the inside (dwelling) to the outside?” The stand taken thereby was to incorporate the ‘outside’ ‘inside’ while the building shuns the surroundings. A classic diagram of this would be the traditional courtyard house. Taking this classic diagram the court was moved to the corner to create new spatial and formal effects. By moving the court to the fourth quadrant of the square the boundaries of each program flanking the court was magnified to its best ability i.e. the living room, the dining and the bedrooms would not only feel much bigger but also would have sectional relationship with the open-to-sky court. The court is further articulated by placing a sculptural element that would serve as an informal dining area as well as a tub for housing a tree. The jali wall cast in-situ completes the fourth corner to accentuate the experience of the court.
This idea of the elevation was to have a customized jali wall with a pattern of openings which fade away to form the platonic cube. A fiber glass mould of size 2’x2’ was made to cast the concrete tiles; the thickness of this tile being 100mm. The mould had a set of 4 oval openings; these openings were then filled up according to the pattern to achieve the desired variation. The tiles were stacked up like a conventional brick wall to construct the wall. These tiles were reinforced with metal flats to ensure stability. This nature was thought for the elevation in context to a tight urban site.
The Corner open-to-sky court is characteristic of every programmatic space opening into the court by which every space seems bigger and better.
The Garden sculpture was made in brick and cement. The sculpture houses a tree and extends to form a table for four.
Thus the building while negates the outside environment simultaneously houses the ‘outside’ ‘inside’.
Out Of The Box
Smaran Mallesh, Vikram Rajashekar, Narendra Pirgal