modo designs: aranya house, racharda, india
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on a luxuriously green site in close to ahmedabad, india, local architect arpan shah and his firm modo designs have combined streamlined
form and rich material into a single floor 5000+ square foot dwelling. on the lap of the natural surroundings, the house is responsive to a
series of palm trees that previously adorned that site, choosing to orient the volumes in the same rhythm as the vegetation. the home employs
generous apertures and glazing to include the elements of sun, sky, earth, water and air. fragments of the crisp blue sky help separate the
program as does a pointed difference in layout and grade change.
while physically segregated, parent’s and son’s living units are united through a meeting place, which is a more open central bay.
linear organization continues to articulate the front-facing street side from the rear garden, thereby allowing quietness and privacy
to the home’s green space. the roofline and overall mass are delineated by a proportioned linear block of concrete which complements the
interior three bay organization. the first bay creates the spaces of the parents, guest and kids bedrooms, the central is comprised of
transition areas, namely the living area and rear court, while the last bay towards the garden is master bedroom, sitting area as well as
the formal drawing and dining area.
backyard facade view
pool and backyard view
the site sports various elevations
the single level dwelling is tied together with a geometric ribbon of concrete
backyard court view
offset planes allow in diffused light and planted greenery
the rear court makes use of various and elegantly composed paths of circulation
view into the master bedroom
generous glazing in the living room invites the landscape into the space
rich materials and clean lines continue into the guest room