Excerpt: V House is an architectural project designed by MOAD- The Madras Office for Architects and Designers in Chennai, India. Designed as a series of loosely connected pavilions, The ground level being largest, opens out minimally allowing for nature to cave in, giving a sense of living in darkness.
[Text as submitted by architect] V House is a home built for contemplation and delight, it is conceived to heighten the consciousness of living through light and materials. Located in a plotted development along the coast of Chennai, built as a post retirement home for a businessman and his family. The design of the house is a response to the hectic and connected life style that we experience today.
To bring focus on richness of life and, counter the highly networked life style, the project deliberately dis-joints the functional spaces of a home. Every day activities of living, dining, kitchen, study, bedroom all become autonomous spaces, while the spatiality of the project is defined by the spaces that connect them. V house is organized as 2 distinctly varied experiences at lower and upper levels. At the ground it’s the relationship with the ground (earth) and darkness while at upper level it is about light and openness.
Designed as a series of loosely connected pavilions, The ground level being largest, opens out minimally allowing for nature to cave in, giving a sense of living in darkness. The floors above are an organization of pavilions of different heights, resulting in an enclosure that forms a private garden for upper level. Landscape acts as a connecter across the home. These pavilions are landscaped at different levels with hanging gardens engulfing the home. Rough granite stone floor, reclaimed teak wood doors, windows and brass fixtures allow for architecture to age in time along with the people living in them.