Chhavi House | Abraham John Architects - architecture and design

Chhavi House | Abraham John Architects



Designed by Abraham John Architects, The challenge of designing a residential villa in Jodhpur was trifold: extreme climate, small footprint, and a large project brief. The house also needed to be and is Vastu compliant ? conforming with the ancient Indian design principles regarding space, sunlight, flow, and function.
Photography: Alan Abraham
The plot was a restricted one within a society scheme, encumbered by the existing adjoining buildings along its compound walls on two sides, and two roads along its north and east sides. Hence, there was a need to create privacy, through an orientation of the views, screens, and courtyards, as well as through landscape design. The little gardens, decks, waterbodies, a sculpture court, the sky lit balconies and terrace gardens were all designed to enhance its spatial feel. Photography: Alan Abraham
The floating steps make an inviting entrance, the lighting and landscape add to the sense of arrival. As one walks towards the main door, one can pause on the bench and enjoy the soothing sounds of the cascade The first impression created is that of space and privacy. The imposing wooden doors, double height volumes, and projections that are reminiscent of the many palaces, forts, and temples set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.

The architects conceptualized an open dining and living area. The living area is a double height area with the ceiling continuing through from the inside to the outside; it?s L shaped openable windows co...
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