Architect name and firm name.
Muzamil Hasham and Pooja Ram – Design Boulevard
Name of the project.
Sannidhi – The Mysore House
Why is this project special?
This project gave us the opportunity to experiment with an unconventional approach to a rental home, which happens seldom in our country, considering the mindset that one has towards a low budget home and the apprehension that one holds when designers propose the use of a certain language to treat the whole building, especially in terms of the cost. We were grateful to have had a client who trusted us with our work.
Tell us something about your project?
‘Sannidhi- the Mysore Residence’ is across a plot area of 2155 sqft located in Jayalakshmipuram, a residential area in the northeastern part of Mysore.
The brief was to design a rental space consisting of a 1bhk on the ground floor, a 2bhk on the first and second floor and a studio apartment on the terrace floor. The economic budget the client had in mind played an important part in our design approach.
The integral part of the design was to provide the occupants of the house with a good, ventilated space. To achieve this, we introduced larger openings on the south and north side of the building and layered it with a skin wall which helped filter out the harsh light and introduces warmer hues into the interior spaces. We also took into consideration the varied group of people who would occupy the houses at regular intervals of time, which led us to use earthy tones of materials as finishes, with vertical landscape elements. This treatment brought a relaxed and intimate outcome to the building. The exterior massing is separated into private and common areas.
The common areas consist of the staircase and the entrance corridors, which are treated with an exposed brick jaali along with a customized pattern for this specific context. The intent was to keep at bay the harsh light and rainwater while introducing an element of interest as one enters the building.
The idea of treating the private areas with a translucent material, had us introduce expanded metal sheets. These are welded onto the MS framework and with a repetitive permutation, we achieved a dynamic façade. We used a teal colour to finish this off, which complements the terracotta colour of the brick.
The rear side is treated with an exposed concrete finish with an infusion of planters which gives the bedrooms a calmer environment. The contrast in colour between the shades of green and grey helped us achieve the earthy aesthetic of the exterior façade of the building.
Spacious living areas with proportionately sized kitchen and dining areas, accompanied by bedrooms overlooking plants on every floor, mark the key features of the interiors.
The master bedroom of each house opens out into a large balcony which has soft, filtered light entering the space through the skin wall of the expanded metal façade.
As one walks through the building along the stairs, the play of light and shadow caused by the brick jaali wall makes for a striking experience.
What was the biggest challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
Creating elements of subtle but significant impact was the basis of our design ideology.
Considering the budget constraints that we had to work around, we had to be sensitive to many aspects and yet design a space that would make living in a rental home a much better experience for the economical class of people.
What is the lesson you learned in this project that you would like to pass on to the next generation of architects?
Every project is unique to its context. That being said, we as designers have the advantage to be able to use materials in quite eccentric ways. Do not shy away from the most simple of materials which can be used in many different aspects based on how you learn to think and manipulate its usage. Colours also form an important aspect of designing where a pop of colour added in the right amount goes a long way in defining any building or space. Always embrace nature in the buildings that you design. This plays a significant role in increasing the livability quotient of any space.
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