Seven Courts Fill This 3-BHK Farmhouse With Fresh Air, Sunlight and Serenity | PVDRS | Gujarat

Seven Courts Fill This 3-BHK Farmhouse With Fresh Air, Sunlight and Serenity | PVDRS | Gujarat

Keyur Vadodaria and Megha Patel-Vadodaria of PVDRS have designed this spacious farmhouse on the outskirts of Mehsana, Gujarat. It was built for the clients who had just one requirement - a three-bedroom house. Hence the architects were given complete freedom to explore various materials, colors, and building techniques. The house was designed based on the principles of passive design. Maximizing the natural flow of air and daylight was necessary for the hot and dry climate of Gujarat located in the western part of India. The transition between open and built spaces highlights the use of colors and the play of light and shadows throughout the house 

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Site Planning

The mass of the house was placed in the Northeast to capture the cool Southwest Breeze. In the East, dense vegetation was planted to act as a visual and noise barrier from the highway.

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The remaining part of the site is converted into a landscaped lawn with a curved pathway and various landscaped elements and local plants and trees.

Climate Responsive Design - The Seven Courts 

Responding to the hot and dry climate of this region, the spaces are oriented along the North-South axis with parallel solid walls along the East and West to reduce solar heat gain.

house of seven courtsThis climatic orientation led to the rise of seven courtyards inside the house, three in the public areas like living and dining, and four private courts attached to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

house of seven courtsA deep south-west facing verandah is provided to avoid any direct solar gain during summer ensuring the penetration of the early winter sun inside the main spaces. 

Planning of Spaces 

The house is a single-storeyed structure with a living-dining space, kitchen, and three bedrooms. From the approach road, one walks along a linear wall with circular cut-outs that create interesting patterns. At the entry of the house, one is welcomed in the courtyard with a lily pond.

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There is another courtyard at the junction of these public and private spaces. The entrances of the bedrooms are flanked by a linear court along with private courts for each bedroom. In the NE corner are the servant quarters directly connected to the utility kitchen. 

house of seven courtsThe central spine is an essential circulation space of the house. It begins linearly at the arrival court and is twisted at the main entrance of the house. It then moves along the functional spaces, cranks, and leads to the bedrooms. The change of direction notifies the user that they are heading to a more private zone.

house of seven courtsOne can see an interesting pattern of light and shadows throughout their journey along this central spine. All these built spaces are connected to the outer verandah establishing a horizontal connection with the landscaped garden in the front. 

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Varied Volumes 

As a passive design strategy, the habitable rooms were given a greater height than the circulation spaces and the verandahs.

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The beams of the verandahs were continued in the rooms, and a non- structural wall was constructed above it that supports the ventilators. The windows allow the summer breeze to come in, whereas these ventilators help flush out the hot air, keeping the space much cooler. 

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Landscape Design 

For the landscape, there was a very strong emphasis on selecting local species of indigenous plants like Champa, garmalo, hibiscus, etc.

At the entrance, there was a lily pond along with decorative plants like ferns, traveler’s palms, etc. that were very carefully placed across the site. The kitchen has a garden at the back where there were local species of fruits and plants like tulsi, mint, that were consumed by the owners. The large lawn was a rolling landscaped area with gentle mounds and a blend of fine grass and elephant grass. 

Project Details

Project Location: Mehsana-Palanpur Highway, Mehsana, Gujarat 
Architectural Firm: PVDRS 
Principal Architect: Keyur Vadodaria
Interior Designer: Megha Patel-Vadodaria
Project Team: Vaibhav Tilala 
Plot Area: 90,000 sq. ft.
Built-up Area: 7,250 sq. ft.
Photographs and Video by: Vinay Panjwani

Products and Materials

Flooring: Natural Stone (local supplier)
Glass: St Gobain
Wood: Teak wood (local supplier)
Polish: Asian Paints
Colour: Asian Paints
Architectural Hardware: Hafele, Hetich and Kich
Plywood: DuroPly
Sanitaryware: TOTO
C P Fitting: Kohler
Lights: Hybec
Furniture: Custom designed by PVDRS

About Firm

PVDRS is an award-winning architecture, interior design and landscape design practice based in Ahmedabad, India, founded by Dr Keyur Vadodaria and Megha Patel-Vadodaria. The studio works at a variety of scale, ranging from the design of a door handle to buildings and its surroundings. Through its research-led design approach, works of PVDRS address a multitude of parameters that include client requirements and aspirations, place and culture, materials and texture and light and wind. Central to the design approach is the focus on Sustainability with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of our intervention. 

About Keyur Vadodaria

Keyur holds a PhD from Loughborough University, MSc in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building from Oxford Brookes University and a Diploma in Architecture from CEPT University. He has more than 18 years of professional, teaching and research experience in India and the UK. Trained as an architect, his design and research work focuses on sustainable architecture, energy efficiency in buildings, thermal comfort and post occupancy evaluation. 

About Megha Patel-Vadodaria

Megha Patel-Vadodaria, has studied interior design at CEPT University. She has experience of working on projects in the UK, Middle East and India. She has worked on small to large scale projects that have included residential, office, mixed-use, urban regeneration, airport and retail buildings. After working for 9 years in London, Megha returned to India to set up a design studio with her husband-architect Dr Keyur Vadodaria in 2013. Megha is the recipient of iGen Top50 Award (2019), iGen Ace of Space Award for Best Living Room Design (2019) and NDTV Best Residential Project (2017).

Dr Keyur Vadodaria and Megha Patel-Vadodaria

Dr Keyur Vadodaria and Megha Patel-Vadodaria

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