Never-Apart-ment / Spacefiction Studio31 de agosto, 2018
- Architects: Spacefiction Studio
- Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India
- Lead Architects: Baba Sashank, Vindhya Guduru, Anusha Dasari
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Monika Sathe Photography
- Construction: P.N. Madhu Fabrication works
- Carpentry: T.L.Chary
- Lighting: Light Sketch
The families are tightly knit in India, often staying for generations together. The clients are one such family of three generations (and a probable fourth in the near future) moving to this new part of the city. The land parcels available here would mean they would have to depart from the spacious, horizontal lifestyle they were so used to before, and move into a more vertical settlement.
The site is a modest 60 feet by 75 feet, in a dense layout of apartments five stories tall. It is abutted by roads on the North and West, these being the only sides not having buildings in close proximity. The idea since inception has always been to keep the connection between the generations alive now and in future. The general notion of an apartment is to allot privacy between its units. We had to mutate this idea into a model of apartment which provides privacy, all the while keeping the family connected. This was achieved by opening up living spaces into large open courts which are of double height in nature which offer connectivity between levels preventing social isolation with the family. These reduce the scale of the building visually and open on the corners with most frontage: on north-east and north-west.
The lower two and upper two levels are open within themselves also, connected through large double height central spaces. These contain the internal staircases leading to the upper level in each. The walls are kept stark white to enhance the spaciousness, with a turmeric yellow or earthy orange highlighting some walls to create visual depth and contrast. The doors and windows are Indian teak deco painted white. The vast polyurethane based concrete flooring has lighter pigmentation for lower and darker pigmentation for the top two floors. The furniture is kept to the bare minimum to avoid cluttering inside. Most of the interior palette is light in nature except the bedroom on the fourth level with wooden flooring which has a sky lit court of its own.