Location: J.P. Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Project Type: Residential Interiors
Area: 3600 sqft
Project Team: Gaurav Roy Choudhury
Originally assigned to do a minor restoration of a 90’s house in Bangalore, the Fragment House developed into a layered brief from the clients over a duration of two years. The elderly couple wanted to ‘update’ their house through the various layers of brief, these layers were to adjust with each other and yet formed something comprehensively new.
The existing building with its haphazard walls and division of spaces was changed into a simple layout with a clean plan. Unnecessary areas were removed and utilized for storage. Any inconsistencies in spatial proportions were removed. The external façade was not to be touched. Its daunting presence with large roofs and volumes were merely melted or accentuated as the case may be to develop a character for the front of the house. The upstairs, which the couple barely used was also updated, with new flooring and finishes. The garden was removed and realigned with the entry, to emphasize its affinity to the entry more than the car-park area as it previously did.
The merge of all these layers of work gave birth to the ‘new’. This was the ‘new’ sequence derived from the upda(tion) process and breaking of walls left unbroken. This sequence along with the changed volumes gave a new meaning to the house. The ‘weave’ as we conceptually called is a pattern that runs through the house along with the sequential walls and on them to define the parametric and cartesian changes of the structure and its woven manifestation.
The ‘Fragment House’, after its upda(tion) of function and experience, is a house of elements old and new, merged in a new suspension of experience. Its variation of experiences amplifies with variations of light and shadow, to create additional facets in its experience