Modern architecture honors Hindu heritage for three generations of Houston family – CultureMap Houston
Can trendy architecture be used to allow a family's traditions and heritage? The knee-jerk reply may be no, since early-20th-century modernism ignored custom in a quantity of methods. However provided that right this moment's trendy architecture combines trendy fashion with right this moment's applied sciences and methods of life, is it attainable that it may be simply as appropriate a backdrop to heritage as one other fashion?
A steadiness of trendy life and the heritage of a three-generation family is however a technique of describing the Ramchandani residence in Houston, designed by Intexure Architects. This ideabook will stroll you thru the home to discover the above questions and likewise see how the home pertains to its panorama, and the way the homeowners take benefit of the areas round the home.
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Who lives right here: three generations of an Indian family
In a earlier ideabook that toured Intexure's personal reside-work studio in Houston, one factor that got here to the fore is the best way the plan made a distinction between the 2 important capabilities, however the areas flowed from one to the opposite. An analogous factor occurs inside of the Ramchandani residence, which has a big, double-peak house at its coronary heart to separate but additionally join the rooms on both facet.
On the rear facet of the home, that double-peak house is seen by full-peak glass partitions partially shaded by an overhanging roof. Notice the concrete partitions that reach from the home — the one on the left props up the second flooring, and the one on the proper is freestanding — as these are vital elements of the design.
It is also value stating the variability of outside areas: the open house by the pool, the smaller areas below the balcony and low roof, and the sheltered outside kitchen on the finish of the driveway.
The entrance of the home helps to make the plan fairly clear, whereas exhibiting how the home windows reply to the outside. The double-peak house, right here dealing with west, is roofed in translucent panels to chop down on direct daylight within the afternoon and supply some privateness. For reference, the brick-lined quantity beneath the steel panels on the left homes the storage.
The plan is principally H-formed, with the double-peak house occupying the crossbar and different areas on the perimeters. It's primarily based on a standard Hindu 9-sq. grid, with the double-peak house within the center, theoretically linked to the eight different squares. The plan doesn't rigidly comply with the grid; some of the smaller squares are allotted to outside house (each within the entrance and the again), and the central house — outlined by curved concrete partitions — is used as a way of power circulation by the home.
Strolling by the entrance door, one is straight away throughout the double-peak house, wanting east towards the yard. The concrete partitions outline the perimeters, however solely as much as waist peak upstairs; house flows from the middle to the rooms on the facet. Via the concrete wall within the distance are the kitchen and family room.
Trying to the west and the entrance door, we will see the bridge that connects the 2 legs of the "H" throughout the central house. The bridge's placement means additionally that one enters right into a extra compact house, making a refined transition from the doorway to the nice room.
Some partial-peak translucent panels assist to set off the walkway below the bridge from the remainder of the nice room.
The translucent panels present a mushy mild that heightens the expertise of strolling from one facet to the opposite.
Extra translucence is present in one wall bordering the central house, the place frosted glass panels overlap the concrete wall. On the opposite facet is a hallway resulting in the main bedroom; the concrete is a base, and the glass panels are a backdrop, for what Intexure calls a Ganesh gallery.
These Indian statues are given prominence on the personal facet of the home, however their blurred picture is seen within the extra public central house.
For essentially the most half the interiors are easy, permitting the furnishings and heritage items to return to the fore. And as on this view of the master suite, the outside is all the time thought of. South mild and cross air flow occurs above the mattress, and the east-dealing with balcony permits one to step outdoors instantly after waking up.
Elsewhere in the home are devotional shrine niches, equivalent to on this examine. A base cupboard within the millwork on the proper opens to disclose vital mementos.
A window out of body on the proper (much like the one searching to the facet yard house on the finish of the hallway seen earlier) provides steadiness to the shrine. Additionally, double doorways present entry to the yard beneath the master suite balcony.
The outside areas are set as much as be an extension of the within, in phrases of the 9-sq. grid and religious facets. Intexure's design offers some flexibility relating to what the family can do and the place they'll do it.
The fashionable design serves to create a easy and calm backdrop for the three generations below one roof — and to spotlight the bushes and the sky.