This home in Ahmedabad belongs to a family of four—a couple with two college-going children. The bungalow was originally a holiday home and the clients approached Hiren Patel, principal architect of his eponymous firm, to help covert this dwelling into their primary home. Consequently, the potential to add to the structure was part of the brief.
The low lying structure has a rectilinear footprint which appears to merge into the surrounding landscape. Inside, the home features double height ceilings, a sloping roof which covers a large area of the inner spaces and large clerestory windows. The house receives ample natural light, and when the question of heat gain arises, the architect says, "It's not a problem. There's enough foliage outside to shield the windows adequately from the afternoon sun. Only one window lets in direct sunlight…during peak summer, at that.”
The dense greenery enfolding the home helps create privacy and shade—the landscaping ably executed by designer Ashish Teli.
A meandering pathway finds its way to the main porch, while a separate driveway for vehicles leads to the parking. Fringed with fountains in a lily pond and a canopy of neem trees, the path leads to a verandah with a pebble bed border and a wood fire pizza stand. A green wall has two cut-outs shaped like an eight pointed star, offering glimpses of the house which lies beyond.
Within, a small foyer is an inviting space with two chairs and a console, a window framing the garden outside.