- Harshan Thomson
Location: Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
Square Footage: 37000 Sq.ft.
Unique features of the project:
The house presented an opportunity to bring order to the large site. The existing neighbouring bungalow in the site abutting the rear wall is almost 40' above our plot and therefore provides a large dead wall which needed to be considered while conceptualizing the architecture of the home. Along with following traditional Vastu considerations an axial division was created both vertically and horizontally between the private family accessed spaces and the formal entertaining areas.
The context of the landscape with the interior spaces has to be seamless and the creation of the double height dining and living space ensures that this connect is made. The home is purposely offsetted from the the large cliff like retaining wall and the customized windows in solid teak wood ensure that natural light is filtering though the living space throughout the day.
A floating terrace floor caps the whole structure with an infinity pool at the highest point tipping up and allowing a view of the tree top foliage and the city beyond. It is intended that the top entertaining floor gives the building a sense of grandeur and scale. The main living pavilion extends north and is connected to a naturally formed sheltered courtyard with a water feature.
The main house is elevated on a higher level to accommodate the office and parking requirement of the family.
This height allows the volume of the house to presumably float over the plot.
It also provides fantastic views of the city beyond and the dense foliage covering major areas in and around Jubilee Hills. Two of the master bedrooms have decks that give the occupants this spectacular view.
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