Our canvas was a plot of about 8000 sqft in a residential development that was embedded seamlessly within a golf course. This gave us enough room to play with multi-directional geometric manipulation techniques and create the architectural drama, quite effortlessly.
The expansive topographical context strongly suggested a minimum use of materials inorder to lend the perception of an unstated elegance. Therefore, we used a lot of glass, seamless flooring and double height ceilings for unobstructed views outside and movement flows inside.
We began the conceptual phase by understanding the experience that the spaces had to offer for different members of the family. We started looking at different age groups across generations - from children to adults to elders,various activities they would engage in, the hobbies they would pursue and the overlaps and points of integration between them. Depending on the activities performed in each zone, we classified them into indoor event spaces, semi outdoor event spaces and private spaces before we delved into the process of design.
Though we looked at individual activities, we didn’t wish to compartmentalize it because the moment you have walls, it starts to create individual spaces which are enclosed and it inhibits a combination of activities which could otherwise be possible when you perceive the space in its entirety allowing fluidity between them. Therefore, we preferred to omit walls for most of the semi-private spaces and allow interaction between zones, therefore offering endless number of customization possibilities. For example, the combination of living, dining and kitchen itself nurtures interesting conversations between members of the family.