Arvind Jain of A.J Architects has recently finished the construction work of this residential building in V.V Puram, Bangalore. The project stands out in its compact neighbourhood owing to its unique exterior, featuring boxes that make a visual rhythm across the facade of the structure. The building is conceived to be individual but connected as an urban block rather than just a series of individual apartments. Through this project, the architect addresses the issue of densification in all metro cities and provides a solution to this issue by creating a structure that mediates between different dimensions and densities for a better visual connection. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) receives more information about the project from the architect. Take a look:
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Bangalore’s central areas are faced nowadays with fast and somewhat chaotic densification. While we believe that density can, and many times must be seen as a form of sustainability, we also admit that the relationship between habitation within an old urban fabric and the increase of its density is often a fragile one, as places might lose their character. "Our project seeks an appropriate answer to this problem by mediating between different sizes and densities in a central neighbourhood of V.V Puram with small streets, long, narrow plots, and a puzzle of old and new buildings of all types and scales," says Arvind Jain.
The volumetric proposal seeks to partially open the building to the street, in the depth of the plot. Because of this, the volume facing the street is less compact and the ground floor is more transparent in order to allow a better visual connection.
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The exteriors were conceived to be individual but connected as an urban block rather than just a series of individual apartments. One-story, custom fabricated steel balcony wrappers, with framed visual boxes of about one and a half story, jog vertically from house to house to create a visual rhythm across the façade.
The balconies adorn wooden ceilings to add. The overall façade is painted with grey texture, giving the overall surface a contemporary yet familiar texture.
Location: V.V Puram, Bangalore.
Architect: A.J Architects
Built-up Area: 13500 sq.ft
Typology: Residential (Apartment)
Photographs: Courtesy A.J Architects
Facade cladding: Fundermax
Flooring: granite, Vitrified tiles (Nitco)
Doors: Material type, Product, Brand
Windows: UPVC – Fenesta
Roofing: Material type, Product, Brand
Interior lighting: Passolite
Interior furniture: Material type, Product, Brand
Sanitary ware: Jaquar
Paints: Asian Paints
Glass: Saint Gobain
About the Firm
A.J. Architects was established in the year 2003 in Bangalore, Karnataka by Architect Arvind Jain. The firm believes in providing client centered design solutions that solve practical challenges with world class aesthetics and iconic designs. The firm has grown organically by viva voce publicity of its clientele. The strength of the firm lies in punctuality and quality service, which has helped in repeating and building our clientele. A. J. Architects primarily works in the fields of Architecture, Interior design and master planning. The gambit of portfolio ranges from Residential, commercial, Industrial, Retail, Institutions and hospitality. The firm has rendered services to many corporates like Aditya Birla group, Reliance, Titan, GMR, etc. and also to many high-profile individuals.
Arvind Jain, Founding Principal, A.J Architects
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