KSA Architects and Planners Pvt Ltd

HEM, Bhavnagar



This was our first project. Barely out of Architecture school, we received the commission to design this family home. Ths house was designed on a compact 300 sq. yard (2,700 sft) plot, far away from the old city. The plan was simple. The entry was into the living room space which was a large cubic space of 17′-6″ x 17′-6″ x 17′-6″. This Living space exxtended into the elevated dining and the Kitchen area, while on the side was a small private space which could double up as a temporary bedroom space for guests. On the mid-landing level, above the low height garage was the Master Bedroom and on the first floor were 2 other large bedrooms with a small terrace wedged in between the bedrooms. The front facade was a kind of Brise Soliel with a funny pyramidal / camera like extrusion with a jaali window in the center to keep the wind blowing through the house at the upper level and keeping it cooler in the intense summer months. The house, in effect, was a hangover from the early influences on our work, especially that of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn.