▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project ©Vinay Panjwani
This is a home for a family of 7 people and it is located in Sanand, Gujarat. The home has been an inquiry into what it means to settle in a landscape. To condition the land and inhabit it. This home has been an exercise in a process of unpacking the typical urban home, the kind the clients presently occupy, with a garden to one side and the building to the other. This project references the traditional rural home the kind one finds in arid regions of India, wherein a home is a settlement a cluster of many small shelters that together with the outdoor space they enclose is then identified as a home. The home is a condition of the landscape and not necessarily one single building.
▼走廊房间分析，study of verandas as room-like spaces ©Raghuveer Kathpalia
It is that condition which allows for shelter and a possibility of feeling intimate with this world. This idea of intimacy and the clients desire to have a changed relationship with the outdoors is what drove this project. The project looks at this idea by disaggregating the home, or unpacking the urban home and spreading it around. The idea of separating the blocks to create space in between was twofold.
▼顶视图，项目由分散的体块和庭院构成，stop view, project composed of separated blocks and courtyard ©Vinay Panjwani
One was to create space for trees and water bodies, things that undergo slow changes and are alive in some capacity. And the other was to create distance so that one could see through the house and over the landscape and again through the house in continuous glances. It was very important to understand how one would navigate the same piece of landscape once it had been built upon. The relationships the act of building, or conditioning would establish between existing elements of the site and how that would affect the way in which one operates on that piece of land. A piece of land one had freely walked over before, spending one’s time under the shade of the trees. We wanted to preserve that.
▼设有树木和水池的庭院，courtyard with trees and water body ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼连续的景观视野，continuous vision between blocks and courtyards ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼丰富的空间体验，rich space experience ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼可以自由穿行的空间，people freely walking over the space ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
The trees before the buildings were built already offered a degree of shelter. Their canopies were the first roofs, the first folds in the landscape. A tree apart from all its other qualities is also largely that, a tectonic shift in a more or less horizontal and flat landscape. A tree created a second layer of horizontality in the landscape. This was something we came to observe, which we then applied by thinking of our roof as a series of slabs that move about resulting in a roofscape.
▼通向屋顶的楼梯，stairs connecting to the roof ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼屋顶活动空间，activity space on the roof ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
As for the walls they use a simple principle of folds. If one were to see the plan one would see a collective of loosely placed folded walls that come together to give a semblance of a house. The section as well is a collection of folds. The folds of a landscape trying to conjure the condition called a home.
▼折墙围合成的房间，roof defined by folded walls ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼连续开敞的起居空间，continuous and open living space ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼客厅，living room ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼丰富的空间形成不同的使用场景，rich spaces providing various living scenes ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼房间与庭院的连续视野，continuous vision from rooms to the courtyard ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼卧室，bedroom ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼局部，details ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼浴室，bathroom ©The space tracing company/Karan Gajjar
▼轴测图，axonometric ©Raghuveer Kathpalia
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan ©Raghuveer Kathpalia
▼铺地分析，pavings ©Raghuveer Kathpalia
▼立面图，elevations ©Raghuveer Kathpalia
▼剖面图，sections ©Raghuveer Kathpalia
Project Name: A home for the Guptas
Office Name: Raghuveer Kathpalia
Social Media Accounts: _sleeping_forest_
Contact email: Raghuveer@sangath.org
Firm Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Completion Year: 2021
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 430 m2
Project location: Gulmohar greens, Sanand
Lead Architects: Raghuveer Kathpalia and Parth modi
Lead Architects e-mail: Raghuveer@sangath.org