This residential project is located in the heart of Chennai on a typical city plot (80′ East – West and 45′ North – South) with the neighboring buildings closing in from the sides. The program provides for the parents and their two kids and appropriate spaces to entertain guests. The architectural language has been deliberately kept simple to form a quiet backdrop to two beautiful and large trees in front of the building and as a counter-note to the usual busy-ness of urban Chennai.
Construction has started approximately 8 months ago with the foundation work taking up a long time (Anna Nagar East has a very high groundwater level and the structural engineer recommended 45′ deep pile foundations). By now – end of December – the roof slab is almost ready for casting and soon interior works will start. This post and the following ones aims to update about the ongoing works and at the same time document a very typical construction process for a very typical single-family house in Chennai.
The first post shows various images and the basic architectural drawings.
The rendered view towards the North west corner from street level.
The view from South-West. At present we have chosen to clad the main bedroom floor with granite tiles of various finishes as we believe it would serve as reference to a traditional and elegant building culture well versed with the material (see traditional temples, colonial buildings etc) and at the same time provide for a long-lasting, relative maintenance free facade solution.
Various working drawings show the plans of the three floors and the various sections:
The Ground floor provides for the required car park space (three cars), a foyer, living and dining, the typical split of dry-kitchen and wet-kitchen and service area. The building stretches at all sides to the permissible setbacks to accommodate the space needed for the requirements of the family.
The First floor accommodates all bedrooms (except a small guest bedroom on the Ground floor), each equipped with a walk-in wardrobe and individual bathroom.
The roof finally gives the space one so much misses on the ground level in Chennai … an entertainment room, terraces under the large tree, yoga room and storage.
Two visuals showing an earlier version with a full-fledged pergola which was dropped for maintenance reasons.