Cleft House | Anagram Architects

Cleft House | Anagram Architects


  • Project Name: Cleft House
  • Practice: Anagram Architects
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  • Completion year: 2018
  • Gross Built up Area: 14425 sqft
  • Project Location: New Delhi
  • Country: India
  • Design Team: Vaibhav Dimri, Madhav Raman, Vineet Dhall
  • Engineering: Adhunik Infrastructures
  • Structural Consultants: Arohi Consultants
  • Project Manager: Anagram Architects
  • Photo Credits: André Jeanpierre Fanthome, Suryan//Dang
  • Others: Electropower (Electrical), DSR ENGINEERING SERVICES (Plumbing Consultant), RN Sahoo & Sons (Plumbing), Inhouse (Model-maker)
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Excerpt: Cleft House is a residence designed by Anagram Architects that resides a joint family of 3 generations. The approach moves from conventional circulation and spatial arrangements, considering the built volume as a breached monolith rather than a composition of fenestrated volumes and surface renders.

Project Description

[Text as submitted by the Architects] Our clients for this northwest-facing residence in Delhi are members of 3 generation joint family. The space is built on a narrow 326 sqm. Their home faces a busy city road in a dense precinct in the plot.

© André Jeanpierre Fanthome

The design reconciles the site’s acute lack of visual privacy with their desire for an open,light-filled, convivial home that brings together their family and friends.

© André Jeanpierre Fanthome

Our approach steps away from conventional circulation and spatial arrangements, typical to such plotted residences (that share party walls), considering the built volume as a breached monolith rather than a composition of fenestrated volumes and surface renders. Faceted and insulated stone facades protect the house from the lack of privacy to the front, and similarly, the service areas, en suites and closets are planned at the rear to mitigate southern heat gain.

© André Jeanpierre Fanthome

The deep void carved out, bridged at the front and rear on the upper levels, creates a meandering, naturally ventilated, social courtyard at the heart of the residence, pulling in views and balconies from all the house rooms. It draws ample light, softened by white and wood surface renders and the rooftop glazing, deep into the basement. 

The cross-ventilation of the atrium, controlled by operating the windows on the bridges, can be enhanced through thermal stacking in the summer months, aided by an evaporative cooler for humidification and through a wind tunnel effect during the monsoons.

© Anagram Architects

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