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The Verandah House by Arpan Shah (Modo Designs)

The Verandah House by Arpan Shah (Modo Designs)


Location: Ranchodpura, Outskirts of Ahmedabad, India
Built-up Area: 6800 sq ft
Client: Munshaw Family
Architect: Arpan Shah (Modo Designs)
Interior Design: Pvdrs
Strl Consultant: Amee Associates
Photos: Bharat Aggarwal

This house is on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on a 4-acre land having dense flora, a lily pond, and an existing outhouse having a vernacular typology. The new house was to be a permanent dwelling away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Earlier the Munshaw Family owned a colonial-style house in a densely populated locality of Ahmedabad and which was build in mid 20th century. The owner’s initial brief for the new house included a preference to avoid a rigid box formation, a mention of lifestyle that was mostly outdoors, and a dwelling that would be a container for the collection of artifacts, paintings, Persian rugs, books, and ancestral furniture.

The proposed design weaves and integrates the above concerns. The fluid curvilinear formation is a reinterpretation of imagery of old ancestral houses and also to reiterate the existing natural formation on the site. The house bends to allow views of the lily pond. and simultaneously generates an element of surprise in the experience of interior space. The entry verandah, lower and upper verandah that comprises a major part of the house, and all these are oriented towards the main garden and lily pond.

These are 15 feet cantilevered and hovering spaces that fuse with the surrounding landscape. The interior space lavishly opens into these semi-open verandah spaces. The house is a ground floor structure having the master bedroom and daughter’s room a higher level. The central spine segregates the living, dining, library, and master bedroom on the side that has the main garden and lily pond. The rear bay houses the kitchen, mother’s room, and daughter’s room. The rear bay is also interspersed with a landscaped entry court and the central court that relieves this bay and lets natural light within the house.

The central spine also is illuminated by skylights to have a contrast to the dark Kotah floor. The house is a fusion of the raw character of outdoor spaces and the finesse of the interiors. The exterior material palette is natural jute panels on the curving beam face, Valsadi wood paneling and doors, concrete ceilings, terra cotta colored rough surface, and rough Kotah stone flooring.

This is further complemented by old renovated wood and cane furniture in the verandah spaces. The interior space in contrast has white walls, polished Kotah stone. The interior space fuses old and customized new furniture along with lots of artifacts, paintings, and Persian rugs.

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