The Hovering Gardens is an Epitome of a Contemporary, Energy-Efficient Home | N.D.D.C. | Pune | Passive House

The Hovering Gardens | N.D.D.C. | Pune | Passive House

Completed in 2020, The Hovering Gardens is a beautiful home in Pune designed by Indian design firm - Niraj Doshi Design Consultancy. Built for a large family of six, the house incorporates several passive features such as natural materials like plants & rocks, and cantilevered balconies with green foliage to protect the interiors from harsh sunrays. There are several other elements in the house that make it a contemporary, energy-efficient, comfy, and sustainable at the same time. Niraj Doshi, Principal Architect, N.D.D.C, shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) about the design elements used and the challenges they faced while designing this home. Take a look:

Natural Elements

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Located in a neighbourhood of Pune, India, the greenery sprouting all around in this house. The apt use of natural elements in its creation such as water bodies, bridges, stone walls, and landscaped areas on all levels helps it merge seamlessly with its environs on the one hand while making it stand out on account of its architectural beauty.

Modest Materials and Ample Cross-Ventilation

modest material template

This is home to a family of six. The brief for N.D.D.C. was a modest material template culminating into a residence that would be rich in spatial experience. Ample cross-ventilation, keeping in mind the occupants’ need for privacy, as well as flexibility in space change in accordance with family evolution were also an important consideration.

Passive HouseEntrance Verandah

Reflective Glass to Maximize Landscaped Areas

Therefore, the project was based on an H-shaped plan wherein all the spaces have three external walls, thus maintaining a nice “in” and “out” connection.

Passive HouseFamily Room

The use of mirrors and reflective glass has lent itself to an optical illusion to maximize the landscaped areas, thus underscoring the feeling of being in the lap of nature.

Passive HouseFrom Approach Road

Hovering Effect

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Climate is a crucial factor in design and construction. Keeping this in mind, shading devices have been used here in the form of huge cantilevered slabs that give a sort of “hovering effect” while, at the same time, offering grounding to the building.

Passive HouseNorth-Wing Stone Wall

Similarly, vertical screen facades have been devised as a barrier for the elements. Inside, the strategic use of triple-height atriums makes for ample stack effect and also helps in cross-ventilation. Almost all the existing large trees on the site are maintained as well.

Passive HouseEntrance Lobby

Avoid Dependence on Energy-Intensive Products

In keeping with the predominantly “green” character of this project, an indirect evaporative cooling system has been installed extensively with a view to reducing the reliance on conventional, energy-consuming air-conditioners.

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Project Details

Project Name: The Hovring Gardens
Principal Architect: Ar. Niraj Doshi
Project Architect: Ar. Akshay Karanjkar
Architecture Firm: Niraj Doshi Design Consultancy
Location: Pune
Completion Year: January 2020.
Floor Area: 1950 sq.m.
Design Team: Ar. Supriya Yadav & Id. Jagruti Gujar

Other Credits:

Project Management Consultant: Madhav Limaye Group
Structural Consultant: G. A. Bhilare Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
Landscape Consultant: Ravi & Varsha Gavandi Landscape Architects
Electrical Consultant: Vidyutsallagar
Plumbing Consultant: Unicorn Consultants
Water Bodies Consultant: Silver Pools
Automation Consultant: Moood Creation
Text and Image Courtesy: Niraj Doshi Design Consultancy
Passive HouseNeeraj Doshi, Principal Architect and Founder, Niraj Doshi Design Consultancy (N.D.D.C)

About the Firm

Founded in 2011, Niraj Doshi Design Consultancy (N.D.D.C) is an architecture and design firm based in Pune. Led by Niraj Doshi, the firm specializes in residential architecture.

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