Individual house, Pondicherry

Mr. Sakthivel and family needed a 3 bedroom house to accommodate their family of 6. They came to us with the request of designing a house that allowed them a Vastu-right, spacious house with ample garden space to satisfy the love of gardens of Mr. Sakthivel. They wanted from the very beginning, a house that was contemporary yet traditional in spatial planning, which meant more semi-open or closed spaces rather than open spaces.

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Challenging at first, we soon arrived at a solution that brought a big smile on all of our faces. Their fully shaded front porch overlooks beautiful front garden, in addition to which there are gardens accessible from the first floor owing to inverted slabs and and a lot of level play. Planter boxes surround the building and would eventually transform the house into a play of brilliantly colored flowers hanging from every corner. The interior spaces are well-lit, well ventilated, are adequately sized.

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The biggest feature – and the biggest challenge as it turned out – was the staircase. The interior spaces being rather conservative, we wanted to make a statement with a sculptural staircase, one which will add to elegance of the living space while at the same time taking as little room as possible. An unconventional spiral “DNA” staircase was conceived and proposed, and accepted. Now the challenge was to build it.

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Despite many challenges during construction, we managed to achieve a striking staircase, the sculptural cornerpiece of the living room.

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We are almost there!

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Project status: Completed

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