The house is located on a 10,000 sq ft plot having a high retaining wall on one side. This side was the dominant rain direction in this very high rainfall region. Future developments around the plot are likely to be ground plus two storeys and it was important to create a large living and garden space at an elevated level to be able to enjoy the views. The site had an overall level difference of around 4m which was negotiated in the planning. The house responded to the views around by opening up in the north east direction.
The house uses the roof not only as a rain protection element but also as a space making element where the roof itself becomes the vertical space making an element. Past experiences of building in this region led us to create roof surfaces to take the onslaught of the monsoon from the south west direction. A concrete portal- low and cantilevered, free from the ground breaks this roof to create openings that include the main entrance and the connection to kitchen exterior space. The use of levels further creates privacy and lets the roof itself enclose space. The house is essentially a plinth with a roof, with no walls towards the eaves ends of the roof and only precast 50 mm Aerocon panels or fenestration in the gable direction of the house.
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