This private house seeks to reconcile the local tradition of inward-looking ‘Pol’ houses with open-plot dwellings, exemplified by Corbusier’s Shodan House at Ahmedabad. Two blocks frame the site and describe the living area between them, comprising an open verandah and double-height internal room that can be opened front and back to connect with nature. The building presents structural concrete walls to its neighbours, selected both to save space and to withstand earthquakes, and these pivot open at the back to create a unified domain running the length of the site. The exposed structure, stone flooring and teak furniture create a warm intimacy that functions both as family home and entertaining space.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.