The Far Site House by Technoarchitecture is a serene built form that has been composed as a quintessential homage to nature. In a storied neighbourhood, surrounded by exquisite foliage, a material palette of exposed brick and clay jaali work with an interspersion of planters has been utilised to create a harmonious facade. The beautiful sciagraphy in the interior spaces is complemented by earthy textures in stone and wood, while an indoor water body and intricate landscaping enhance the tranquil ambience of the residence. Scroll down to read the architect’s eloquent elucidation of the project.
The 2400 sft EAST facing site located in Malleswaram – is one of the oldest parts of Bengaluru which is highly prestigious and surrounded by beautiful large trees. The initial site conditions contained a house in which the client spent most of his childhood and over many years and with the expansion of the family – it made sense to demolish the old house and allow the new architecture to be subtle yet merge into the old charm which allows the pure forms and spaces to become a backdrop for the family’s lifestyle.
The residence is the result of a harmonic set of volumes intertwined with each other that produce a mosaic of light and shadow, transparency, and opacity, where internal and external spaces interact as one environment. The stilt floor consists of the car park, foyer, guest bedroom and all other services whereas the ground floor consists of living, dining, kitchen, puja room, master bedroom and sit-outs. The first floor consists of private master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, family area, private balconies and the partial second floor consists of a multipurpose room which opens into terrace gardens, offering a 360 degree views of the surrounding landscapes. At the heart of The Far Site House is an immutable connection to nature. Signature features like the water body, and the landscape bring a sense of ease and tranquility.
Almost all areas of the house have visual access to the garden, which provides a pleasing focal point for a home, enhancing the feeling of being with nature. The far site house is designed based on 5 principles: a) simplicity b) harmony c) authenticity d) connection e) detail. The right mix of materials makes all the difference. Working with warm, earthy, natural materials such as clay bricks, clay jaalis (perforations), stone floors and wood fenestrations facilitates a timeless patina as they have great character and and get better with time. Not only do they bring in warmth to the spaces, but also ensure that house blends effortlessly with the surrounding landscape. Exposed bricks used extensively develop a unique character over time, with minimum maintenance.
In conjunction with some of Technoarchitecture’ s planning strategies of spatial sequencing, framing of views and controlling of light to create a variety of different atmospheres and experiences throughout the house, and also to interweave the planning with contextually important principals of Vaastu. As in many of Technoarchitecture’ s buildings, the house never reveals everything at once. The spatial experience is planned in such a way that the rooms slowly unfold to the visitor in an experimental journey throughout the house. The interior colour scheme and material palette is kept neutral and just the right amount of quirkiness is added in the furniture and lighting which complement the exposed bricks perfectly.