Location: Uttarahalli, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Project Type: Residential
Area: 3600 sqft
Project Team: Gaurav Roy Choudhury
Lateral House is located in Bangalore and has been built for a young family, which looked to me for something pure. The brief however had a strict adherence to keep costs low and to abide by numerous Vaastu principles.
The attempt was to create a sculptural space which along with being bright and airy, segregated public and private spaces, played dramatically with scale and proportion and lastly and very importantly allow for a self-sufficient unit which absorbs Bangalore's beautiful climate even if the sites next door were to be built a foot away from it.
The house gets its light, ventilation from the garden/ courtyard; that is located at the center of the house; as the bedrooms wrap around it. It is here where every day and night seeps into the house in their difference over the changing seasons.
Height has been used as a privacy element and the staircase as an element of dramatic transformation. The brick facades on the elevations and courtyard express the house's subtle relationship with the outside, as the projecting bricks cast varying shadows each day peculiar to that moment.
The lateral house embellishes itself with simplicity and subtle beauty.