Indian architecture firm- Sameep Padora & Associates- designed this residential house in a settlement within the midst of a serene littoral landscape adjacent to lush paddy fields in Goa. As its name suggests, ‘House of Multiple Courts’, the house has a series of courtyards that allow natural ventilation and ample sunlight. Solid load-bearing laterite stone blocks form three sides of the house while the fourth wall facing the north contains a laterite and a wooden colonnade that provides views to the adjacent river. The architect shared more information about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Read on:
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Solid Laterite Stone Block Walls
The firm used sold laterite stone block walls to form simple opaque walls, porous screens, and structural corbels depending upon the program they enclose.
A Series of Courtyards
The interior programs of the housing pivot around a series of courts the first of which is an entrance designed through the water court designed around a restored existing well found on site.
The sequence of courtyard experience is scaled to respond to varying degrees of common & private programs.
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An open to sky central courtyard ties the whole house leading to programs of the living room, dining space eventually to the pool overlooking the riverine landscape.
The bedrooms open into smaller, more intimate courtyards with their roofs modulated to cascade rainwater into these landscaped courts.
The architecture of the house at Nachinola, North Goa is hence a device for framing the horizontal scale of the riverine landscape beyond and conversely captures a scaled version of the landscape within the house.
Project Name: House of Multiple Courts
Architecture: Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a)
Design Team: Subham Pani, Nikita Khatwani, Aparna Dhareshwar,
Completion Year: 2019
Built Area: 500 sq m
Project Location: Goa, India
Interior Design & Styling: Tarun Tahiliani Homes
Photographs: Ahilia Homes
Structural Consultant: Rajeev Shah
MEP Consultant: MEPtek consultants
Text and Photo Courtesy: Sameep Padora & Associates
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