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Raghuveer Kathpalia：This is a home for a family of 7 people and it is located in Sanand, Gujarat. The home has been an inquiry into what it means to settle in a landscape. To condition the land and inhabit it. This home has been an exercise in a process of unpacking the typical urban home, the kind the clients presently occupy, with a garden to one side and the building to the other. This project references the traditional rural home the kind one finds in arid regions of India, wherein a home is a settlement a cluster of many small shelters that together with the outdoor space they enclose is then identified as a home. The home is a condition of the landscape and not necessarily one single building.
It is that condition which allows for shelter and a possibility of feeling intimate with this world. This idea of intimacy and the clients desire to have a changed relationship with the outdoors is what drove this project. The project looks at this idea by disaggregating the home, or unpacking the urban home and spreading it around. The idea of separating the blocks to create space in between was twofold. One was to create space for trees and water bodies, things that undergo slow changes and are alive in some capacity. and the other was to create distance so that one could see through the house and over the landscape and again through the house in continuous glances.
▼透过房子看到风景再看到房子 See through the house and over the landscape and again through the house
It was very important to understand how one would navigate the same piece of landscape once it had been built upon. The relationships the act of building, or conditioning would establish between existing elements of the site and how that would affect the way in which one operates on that piece of land. A piece of land one had freely walked over before, spending one’s time under the shade of the trees. We wanted to preserve that.
The trees before the buildings were built already offered a degree of shelter. Their canopies were the first roofs, the first folds in the landscape. A tree apart from all its other qualities is also largely that, a tectonic shift in a more or less horizontal and flat landscape. A tree created a second layer of horizontality in the landscape. This was something we came to observe, which we then applied by thinking of our roof as a series of slabs that move about resulting in a roofscape.
As for the walls they use a simple principle of folds. If one were to see the plan one would see a collective of loosely placed folded walls that come together to give a semblance of a house. The section as well is a collection of folds. The folds of a landscape trying to conjure the condition called a home.
▼设计过程 Design process
项目名称：A home for the Guptas
主创设计师：Raghuveer Kathpalia, Parth modi
摄影：Karan Gajjar（The space tracing company）, Vinay Panjwani
结构工程：V.R Shah engineers
Project Name: A home for the Guptas
Office Name: Raghuveer Kathpalia
Lead Architects: Raghuveer Kathpalia, Parth modi
Completion Year: 2021
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 430 m2
Project location: Gulmohar greens, Sanand
Photo Credits: Karan Gajjar（The space tracing company）, Vinay Panjwani
Structural engineering: V.R Shah engineers
MEP engineering: Jhaveri associates
Contractors: Western India
Terrazo flooring work: Roshanlal Rela
Carpentry work: Prabhu Panchal
Editor: Jiangyan Shou
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