2DC817 Studio House

Bangalore
Photo © Rajesh Renganathan
Photo © Rajesh Renganathan
Photo © Rajesh Renganathan
Photo © Rajesh Renganathan
Photo © Rajesh Renganathan
Architects
Flying Elephant Studio
Address
2D Cross Rd, 560043 Bangalore
Year
2001
Cost
0 - 100K
Stories
1-5 Stories
Architects
Kiran Chandra, Karun Poovaiah, Shalini Arora, Champaka Rajagopalan, Rajesh Renganathan
Structure
Manjunath & Co
Contractor
Gurushanth (Phase 1) Lakshmikanth
Awards
Winner, All India Stone Architectural Awards (AISAA)

The brief was to provide living accommodation for a family of three along with studio work-spaces, on a typical urban plot measuring 60 by 40 feet. The program is fragmented into two ‘blocks’ arranged in an ‘L’ configuration. The footprint is pushed to the extreme allowable by regulations allowing for creation of a generous ‘back garden’. Living spaces are stacked at the upper levels while work studios occupy the basement floors.

The project explores an idea that takes the 'skin' elements of a conventional urban dwelling and transform them into a new architectural arrangement. A key element is the layered ‘screen wall’ which contains all the elements of a conventional ‘window’ including security grills, insect mesh screens, glass and curtains-movable blinds. This captures and intensifies the experience of unique changes in nature particular to Bangalore, while satisfying utilitarian needs.

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