Location: Bellary, Karnataka, India
Project Type: Residential
Area: 3700 sqft
Project Team: Gaurav Roy Choudhury, Vijay Rai, Sachin Gujjar,
Abhishek Pawar, Satyanarayan, Stefan Fernandes
The Bellary House is located in the small town of Bellary known for its Iron Ore mines, boulder landscape, historic ruins, and its hot and dry climate. It is located in one of Bellary's transforming neighbourhoods, which is currently seeing a lot of the older modest houses give way to grander villas.
The house is designed to stave off the outside heat and create cool currents within it so as to form a convectional micro-climate. The outside walls wrap the house in this gesture of protection, pierced only with small and mass-produced precast concrete windows that dot this exterior. The windows are kept small with heavy eaves to keep away the harsh sun.
An elevated garden is set in the northeast corner as a generator of this microclimate. It is kept open to the sky in the shadow of the sun to create currents that flow through the house, just like the light that reflects into the house of its cool surfaces. This Terrace garden is on a mezzanine level as it serves both the ground and the first floor with this generosity of spirit and soft textures.
The family is a small family of four (a couple with two children), with the grandparents having a room on the ground floor for when they visit.
The energy of the family and their generosity and simplicity is at the core of this house.
The House becomes more private every step one takes. The use of the volumes creates imaginary lines of division in public and private access; sometimes contradicting the sense of openness it evokes.
The Bellary House is an attempt to invert small town aspirations for big city ideas. It rejects them by addressing space and the energy of a home in a primal way.