The Breathing House is situated on a 300-square-meter property in a residential area of Surat, the diamond hub of Gujarat. The design of this linear house on a typical village street that has been overrun by urban growth is an attempt to strike a balance between the user’s traditional lifestyle and their modern goals.
- Design Studio: AANGAN Architects
- Photographs by: Pratikruti09
The core of the home is a court pierced in the center of this linear area, which allows an abundance of natural light to penetrate the interior. The Swing and Dining platform allow for spontaneous activities in the court and give the cottage a garden-like atmosphere. The court keeps the north open for natural light throughout the day and serves as the social center of the home.
Light Play – The home receives an abundance of light from the north-facing linear court, which shares a wall with the next house. With the stack effect formed by sectional play and cross ventilation, a constant draft of air is guaranteed in the home, which is essential for a humid climate and thus provides a hospitable interior atmosphere. Every place in the house is connected to the Greenery and sunshine, which are important to the design of the home. In addition, the residence contains various distinctive elements, such as linking bridges over the court.
Section Play – Traditionally described as a space without a roof that is totally or partially surrounded by walls, the courtyard offers a cool, isolated place to interact or rest outside, yet within the home. Using segmented play, the expansive pergola at the Chiratan home guarantees this relaxation on all levels. By way of the courtyard, warm air rises and exits the building through the windows inserted in the terrace parapet.
This guarantees that each room in the home has acceptable temperatures and ample sunshine throughout the day. The area reflects the customers’ appreciation for natural features such as water, natural light, and vegetation. The distinction between open and closed space is blurred by the utilization of open floor plans and the incorporation of green lanes within the home.
Material Elements – The interiors include a restricted palette of materials, including wood for the ceilings and furnishings, Makrana marble for the floors, glass to enhance the surrounding vistas, and white walls to preserve a tranquil atmosphere within the home. Natural Materials such as Sandstone Stone, marble, wood, and indoor plants offer the much-required pizzazz to an otherwise humdrum interior design.
For Temple – The shape of a Ghumbaj served as inspiration for the design of this contemporary temple situated in the semi-covered courtyard in the center of the property.