By the Layers Home / Mawi Design
Context – Within the lush labyrinths of T. Nagar, Chennai, this residence sits on the far finish of a triangular plot that naturally permits for a paced first look. The transient was to offer new which means to an current shell of a constructing whereas reaching all the necessities posed by the shopper – a home linked with nature, exalting nice vibes, and one that’s easy to understand.
Principle of Design / Design Method – Holding solely the structural grid of the prevailing block, all different space-making components had been stripped; the whole type was reimagined and redefined to go well with a brand new imaginative and prescient, guided by the ideas of spatial layering. The idea of spatial layering is used to articulate depth by means of the juxtaposition of area, voids, gentle, and materials, making a spatial continuity that stimulates totally different responses in individuals who expertise them. The interstitial material of the construction is imagined as a composition of opacity and transparency, open or closed, stable or porous. That is achieved by superimposing areas, openings, supplies of assorted natures, landscapes, and different architectural components to create domains which are spatially and visually linked.
Design – The present construction, being an enormous mass, was first lightened by breaking it into three wings by means of the introduction of open/semi-open courts and gardens. Whereas the rear half was modified to develop into extra porous, new packages like an workplace, an entry porch, and a child’s pool had been launched within the foreground. Aside from fulfilling shopper necessities, these areas act as pause factors that present a gradual entry into the primary home.
Why Spatial layering? The idea was chosen to offer depth to the straightforward act of arranging areas – to evoke a way of curiosity by means of the layering of courts and gardens amongst common rooms. This provides rise to a refreshing atmosphere each figuratively and actually – the microclimate of the home being moderated by the varied backyard pockets. The concept is cleverly utilized in two methods to make the imposing construction emote higher – conceptual and perceptual layering. Conceptual layering applies to the mass of an version – how the geometry, heights, and volumes are composed to create the essential type of the construction and the way it’s perceived from totally different distances, angles, and viewpoints. Puncturing the constructing with courts and cascades, introducing remoted and lightweight volumes within the foreground as a build-up to the primary home, taking the inexperienced inside and round the home which allowed the blurring between exterior and inside traces, utilizing gentle and crops themselves as area making components – such design choices made, assist folks expertise the home intimately. Thus, the massive quantity will get scaled right down to understand a single composition of various areas at a time. This helps evoke totally different feelings at totally different factors in the home.
Perceptual layering is that which is perceived within the vertical planes, ie within the sections. The courts had been launched to lighten the constructing; the place they had been going to be positioned relying on how one would understand them. Layering a semi-open sit-out, an open backyard with an enclosed area permits folks to really feel a way of curiosity and drama as they move by means of, lastly arriving on the closed room the place they fill with familiarity and a way of peace. Such permutations and mixtures of differently-natural areas had been rigorously framed to offer a pleasing view of assorted factors of the home. The easy act of arranging areas transcends to the subsequent degree by means of the idea of spatial layering, thereby giving an experiential and a visible feast.
Materials Palettes – The exterior palette has a distinctly tropical theme to it – the essential alabaster tones of the home are effectively complimented by the earthy, heat laterite highlights, cold-cut cement finishes of the courts, and the refreshing aqua hue of the swimming pools. The fabric hasn’t been utilized as a superficial movie however they’re the consequence of various packages coming collectively to type the bigger image. The interiors are minimal, neat, and fuss-free. The primary purpose was to create easy, pleasing areas which had been usable, and welcoming and reflecting the easy brilliance of the whole construction.
Panorama – Panorama performs an important function within the mission – a space-making component that gives depth to the design. Completely different areas demanded a distinct look – the entrance gardens had been planted with tall, thick shrubs that permit solely glimpses of the home creating an escalation as one approached. Additionally they body the massive driveway main as much as the porch and counter its hardscape. The courts inside are available in diversified spirits – dry, minimal branches offset by rocks and pebbles for a zen backyard, brightly-hued flowers body the cascading terraces which step right down to merge with the backyard across the teal-hued pool. A porous laterite wall fringed by small shrubs serves as a display screen to supply privateness to the swimming pools from the doorway of the home. The rear backyard of the home is in an entire temper by itself. Housing a curvaceous koi pond that compliments the inflexible traces of the home, fringed by quaint clean boulders, encompassed by forest-like panorama; it’s the excellent climax to a dramatic dwelling – the place one can sink in peace put up the dynamic expertise of the home. The residence is a coveted instance that portrays easy architectural brilliance. It’s a candid consequence of a design concept that’s devoid of any energetic exhibition; there aren’t any elements with out goal, no layers with out motive. Each component of the version has a spot as a result of it has a goal in stitching collectively a bigger context – By the Layers.