This is a project by Sunil Patil & Associates and it is located at Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. Project's program: Single family house. There are nineteen images for Dudane House.
Often an idea evolves into a home after the space has passed through the tests of structural considerations, practical applications and astute design. Add to this an inspiration from the environment and a sense of serenity and you get what is essentially the house designed for Mr. Kishor Dudhane.
The core design concept of this house is the use of skylights at strategic points to incorporate maximum natural lighting into the fabric of the house. Not only does this feature eliminate the need for artificial lighting during the day, but also creates a silent drama, caused by the play of sunlight and shadows in the interiors of the house; making this house practical as well as food for the soul. Aesthetically, the house is in a contemporary style, with a geometric vertical plane passing through the mass dividing it into separate zones. The vegetation and other landscape elements have been seamlessly fitted into the warp and woof of the house.
The house, sitting on 571 m2 of a moderately contoured plot of land, is a realization of contemporary massing. It comprises of a combination of white plastered walls and sidings, where the vertical white planes cut into the horizontal, siding clad mass of the building. These vertical planes create such surfaces where strategically placed slits help in giving sunlight a direct path into the house, without compromising the aesthetics of the building.
The contoured plot allows for split levels to be created in such a way that more functions fit into a lesser space. A specially designed staircase connects the various levels to eliminate the need for passage spaces.
The central courtyard is a key feature around which the entire house has been designed. The use of Shahbad stone in the courtyard lends a vernacular air to a majorly contemporary house. The dining area located adjacent to the courtyard opens onto the living room, the open kitchen and other interconnecting spaces; thus accommodating more in a limited space and yet giving the effect of being expansive. Adding to the expansive effect is the living room with a double heighted space and a walkout which opens onto a mural depiction of a tribal scene created on the peripheral wall.
The open kitchen, which has been custom built with aluminum and frosted glass cabinets, white tile finished counters and modern kitchen fittings, allows natural light to flow in from the adjacent internal courtyard and also from large windows which open onto the landscaped exteriors.
Another important feature of the house is the use of skylights, which have been incorporated in all the rooms, including the toilets and changing areas. This automatically cuts down on the usage of artificial lights during the daytime, making the house energy efficient.
To take full advantage of the persistent breeze, all the bedrooms have been planned such that they face South-Westerly and open onto spacious terraces and balconies, keeping the bedrooms at a comfortable temperature all year round.
On the upper level landing overlooking the internal courtyard on one side and the living space on the other is the family hall, designed in such a way that it connects adjoining spaces without wasting any area on passages.
The house itself opens up at various levels, leading onto walkouts having a splendid view of the city at large. The house has been planned immaculately, keeping in mind the clients brief for an energy efficient home as well as a practical home wherein the spaces flow smoothly from room to room.