Recent, rapid development and soaring land rates are resulting in large families living in small parcels of land. Owing to a large program and neglect to open spaces, they often end up in match box homes with poor ventilation and living conditions, despite the built-up area being more. This is one such plot; a square of 50×50 feet; in a dense housing layout. The lack of by-laws in the outskirt set-tlements of the city resulted in houses with ‘name-sake’ setbacks, with barely any space between them. A clear need for introversion arose; to create a large, flexible, open space within the house around which the rest of the built program can be centered.
The family consists of a working couple and their three young children. Today, many families in India rely on financial support from both parents, necessitating the dual-income household. Social and emotional development of the family depends mostly on time spent together at home. The need thus arises for a home, with a space; which stimulates activities and interactions.
The ground has only a bedroom, a kitchen and a prayer room as the built areas; with the dining and living located in the open area. The first floor has three bedrooms as built up areas with a small study tucked in between for the children in the same open volume. Between these is a mezzanine over the parking which acts as a visual connect between these two floors. The entertainment is a separate structure on the terrace. Projected windows from the bedroom, entertainment area all look into the open area, which houses a garden lit from northern skylight from the top. The entry foyer is a three step level down from the living area which connects visually till the back garden of the house while maintaining privacy.