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Kumar Moorthy & Associates

New Delhi, Delhi, India-110070

J Residence, Residential-Single family dwelling

Located on a quiet street in Jangpura in South Delhi, this house replaces an older family home on the same plot. The clients were quite clear that they did not want to develop the property into apartments as prevalent in Delhi now but wanted to rebuild it as a spacious single family home.

A multiplicity of spaces was called for - to accommodate the diverse present & future needs of a three generation family with their mother & grown up kids, to provide for the diverse entertainment needs of each while accommodating the privacy and quietitude of other family members . The design had to thus to be dynamic- to change as family needs did.

The residence as built thus sprawls across four floors. The basement has a lounge & home theatre area, a gym, a massage room, a study / home office and storage spaces. The ground floor has the formal entertainment areas of the house, the mothers bedroom and card room along with an informal double height lounge for the mother well connected spatially to the couple’s and grandchildren’s rooms on the first floor which open onto a common lounge and TV space. The second floor can potentially be an independent pied a terre within the home for the young son later if needed and presently accommodates another set of living spaces opening onto a terrace garden, an open plan kitchenette and 2 guest bedrooms. 

A mix of open and green spaces are interpreted to retain their significance & usage despite the urban location & resultant lack of privacy. Where there would have been a front garden, a lap pool screened by glass railings & sliding wooden shutters for privacy provides a un unusual backdrop to the formal living room and bar. A central skylit atrium features a splash of greenery and water & spatially & visually integrates the whole house. The rear which faces a dense mass of housing features minimal & controlled openings, the large ones opening into a court screened with massive polycarbonate louvred shutters : the court continues till the basement enabling views of greenery to an otherwise subterranean space. The side setback is reinterpreted in the form of a raised machaan like entry deck over an sunken tropically planted court which carries light to other basement spaces. A small private courtyard off the master bathroom enables green views while the terrace garden on the second floor provides a sunny & private green space.

While the house is integrated with the use of white composite floors with the extensive use of glass as partitions to provide for a seamlessness to the interior space, the spaces are delineated with crisp detailing in wood in ceilings, doors & windows, decking and some floors. The exteruior too is largely white & wood with some golden Eta stone clad walls. Detailed ceilings or louvred shutters or monolithic log sections in table tops ,all in polished wood as well as occasional elements in stainless steel in the form of a suspended fireplace, a built in bar and feature lights provide subtle counter points. A wall clad in copper sheets forms a distinctive central feature.

The furniture and furnishings are contemporary and clean lined in keeping with the lines of the house.

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