Project Name: House On House
Practice: Studio ii
Firm Location: Surat, Gujarat, India
Completion year: 2017
Gross Built up Area: 2550 sq.ft.
Project Location: Surat, India
Lead Architects: Mitul Desai, Priyank Parmar
Design Team: Mitul Desai, Priyank Parmar
Clients: Amit & Tanushri Kansal
Structural Consultants: Hiren Desai
Landscape Consultants: Hemali Samant
Contractors: Dipesh Shah, Sohanlal Mistry, Kaushal Parekh
Collaborators: Ekya Ventures
Photo Credits: Mitul DesaiMore Specs
(Text as submitted by the Architect)
A young and aspirational couple build their first house atop parents’ house, with continuation of structure, access and form. Approached either from the inhouse staircase or through direct elevator, the house finds its own expression in space and tectonics independent of the house below.
A central courtyard becomes an anchor and an extension to almost all the spaces and connects the house to the sky. Large openings with louvered doors offer varying level of openness to the spaces. Both living and dining can either open to the North facing outdoor terrace or more intimately to the courtyard. If completely open, whole of ground floor becomes one large gathering space with guest room and kitchen still separated. A quarter-turn staircase winds up on two sides of the courtyard and other two sides are flanked by verandah leading to the bedrooms. A porous grilled and blinded box wraps the courtyard on two sides at upper level allowing the house to constantly breathe and allow atmosphere to engage with interiority.