Updated: Nov 14
Project name - Anuragam
Project type - Bungalow architecture
Builtup Area - 10500s qft
Location - Guwahati, Assam, India.
Firm name - studio ADAPL
Principal Architect - Ajjay Ssharma
Website - www.adapl.in
Insta - studio_adapl
Photo credits - Ajjay Sharma – Insat – studio_adapl
The location of site with its magnificent views of the Udaigiri hills & the mighty Brahamaputra river has played a major role in the designing of this house. The site is contoured, with the top most level perched upto the height of 7m from the approach road level. This height facilitated an unobstructed view of the river on the NW & the hills on the SE side.
Responding to the magnificent vistas the site had to offer, all the major spaces have been planned to maximise the changing visuals of the surroundings with the change in the seasons. The vistas guided the plan of the house to be extrovert looking. But at the same time it also looks within, to “the soul” of the house – the sky-lit central court that wraps all the spaces around it. This sunlit court brings in the vastness of the river inside the house with its space flowing into each other. Mandir – the most sacred space of the house is placed in the court making the whole environment very serene in the mornings & evenings when the pooja is offered to the Gods.
The inclined car porch makes a grand entry to the house. One is invited by a carved marble cherub opposite the main entrance in the sky lit court. The cantilevered staircase in black stone adds to the play of geometry with the wall dotted with rectangular & square punctures in varying sizes. The oblique grooves on the staircase wall add the contrast to the orthogonal punctures. The criss-cross grooves continue up to the roof which generates the shape of the skylight.
The spaces are enveloped by double height volumes externally on the SE side. The bungalow appears a solid double height mass softened by glazing which provides the unobstructed view of the hills. The lush green lawns wrapped around the entire house helps in making the micro climate cooler in summers & a good setting to enjoy warm cups of Assam tea from the clients own tea gardens on misty winter mornings.
Anuragam welcomes all seasons with open arms & rejoices them all.