Excerpt: House GEODE, designed by Collage Architecture Studio, in Bengaluru, despite being restricted and following the traditional impression of a Vastu defined home, the introduction of volumetric breaks, green pockets and internal openness of the space was a strong inspiration from nature and revolves around the arrangement of a geode.
[Text as submitted by architect] Encircling a family of four in this house fully themed on the components of earth, imitating ‘a geode’. A site with a seven-storey apartment on its east, existing within narrow streets, located in one of Bangalore’s densely inhabited areas, this house resides in Kodihallli.
With the existing site context and the arrangement of spaces by Vastu Purusha Mandala the family desired plenty of green spaces to live within and balcony gardens attached to all bedrooms hence, all common spaces lay on the east pushing the private spaces to the west allowing the centre of the house to open vertically to the sky.
Like a narrative of a cavern, a large veranda invites you to a mellow foyer space leading you to the centre of the house, a narrow triple-height vertical volume assembled as a versatile space, topped with a chandelier to break the volume that imitates showers of rain lights directly from the sky. Following the path, is a Jhula court, a loft space with a skylight of its own and a simple aesthetical swing falling from the ceiling.
Around the central courtyard, the family has their major accommodations like the living space, kitchen and dining space within which little green pockets of exotic plants thrive. Services like the wet kitchen and the utility space are further tucked away behind the kitchen. Sitting on the edge of the central courtyard is the puja space, almost sitting in the centre of the house which often unwinds to the courtyard on festive occasions and is ‘designed to look like the temples on the face of the mountain/cave.’
With the ground level accommodating the most common spaces the first level holds the master bedroom and daughter’s bedroom with their own terrace decks whereas the second level occupies the son’s bedroom and party space that unfolds to an outdoor terrace area. The basement of the house allows parking for four cars and a family movie theatre along with other services.
With the existing building on the east, the façade wall is highlighted keeping priorities of privacy however, this wall has become a major green wall garden with striking plants growing on it for the house internally. Furthermore, to add a scenic visual of the courtyard, glass walls are added to the bedroom with a strong view of the eastern green wall. The bedrooms are planned to provide independent living spaces with their own terrace gardens and for further privacy, the dresser and the toilets are neatly tucked away behind the wall panelling. Following a theme, the master bedroom is a glimpse of the ‘earth’ having a material palate of various wood textures and a more exotic plant collection. The daughter’s room follows the theme of the ‘sun’ and compromises on finishing with brass and black for its dark gold look and the son’s room is themed of the ‘sky’ with floating glass shelves and a light colour palette to allow a sense of ‘flow’.
The face of the house has a strong black and crème marble texture and is tall, imitating a stone or a rock exterior for privacy from the compact neighbourhood. Inside is a space carved out with a warm marble finish and replication of crystals of the geode, the crystals being the interior finishing with an uninterrupted collection of incredible landscapes like tall mountains with lush green foliage and waterfalls. Hence, making a geode with 3 layers. With the Central courtyard having rays of natural light filtering from the skylight at day, a starry night is achieved at night with the installation of an exquisite chandelier.
Despite being restricted and following the traditional impression of a Vastu defined home, the introduction of volumetric breaks, green pockets and internal openness of the space was a strong inspiration from nature and revolves around the arrangement of a geode.