Excerpt: Trustnagar House, designed by Xpds Architects, is a project that deals with the challenges of the small ground footprint and the requirements of a growing family. The spaces at ground level are laid out in such a way that they connect to the outside by taking advantage of the margins through the entry verandah. A double-height dining space draws in good natural light from the relatively open east side and creates connectivity with the first floor.
[Text as submitted by architect] The house is located in a small plot in one of the older societies developed during the 1980’s. The plot has two existing houses on the north and west side, and a park on the east side outside the society premises. Within such a plot, the challenge was to work with a small ground footprint and the requirements of a growing family, that needed five bedrooms.
The living – dining spaces at the ground level are laid out in a way that they connect to the outside, taking advantage of the margins, through the entry verandah, the living room windows and the dining sit-out. The dining space is made with a higher volume to draw in good natural light from the relatively open east side and create connectivity with the first floor.
All the bedrooms at upper levels include window seats and/ or niches along with one large window to create a more engaging layout and expand the feeling of spacious volume. The second level creates a south facing terrace with the master bedroom, that can also be accessed directly from the staircase. This terrace gets good breeze, especially during the evenings and offers a much-needed place for relaxing in such urban neighbourhoods.
The structure system follows the spatial character and the form language is developed with a combination of concrete, plastered and stone cladded surfaces. The interior is done with white marble flooring, plastered walls and old teak wood furniture.