The Jack Arch House, it is a project that strategically responds to the local context of site, climate and client’s persona and the wider context of a regional modernism in reference to Kahn’s IIM and Corbusier’s Villa Sarabhai.

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Project name: The Jack Arch House
Architecture Firm: PVDRS
Status: Built
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 4500sft
Project location: Ahmedabad, India
Photographs by: Rahul Jota

The Jack Arch House By PVDRSThe brick arched ceiling pavilion creates an interior space that on one hand brings forth the archaic tectonic sensibility of architecture that seem to be disappearing in contemporary architecture and on the other hand creating an exterior space as a seamless extension of the interior. Spatially, the Jack Arch House connects to the existing house and garden through its south west facing verandah edge.

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Visually, the it connects and relates to the existing house by means of its exterior simplicity a ground floor structure with a large overhanging roof, finished in white plaster.

The Jack Arch House By PVDRSHowever, the similarities between both houses end at the exterior level.

Internally, the house is characterised by exposed brick jack arches, that are ‘hidden’ from the exterior. The design thought process behind selecting the jack arch system was influenced by the client’s personality. The father-son duo are one of India’s leading aeromodellers, they assemble their own planes and with that comes an eye for detailing, appreciation for geometry, structure and the art of making, and an understanding of how the sum of parts is larger than the Whole.

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The Jack Arch House By PVDRSThe Jack Arch House thus becomes a reflection of its occupants’ personality. Going beyond the narratives, the jack arches impart geometry, order and rhythm to the internal spaces. Whilst it emphasises the connectivity to the outside by means of its linearity, its geometry is carried forward in the patterns of the veneered doors, the brown kotah stone flooring and the custom-designed furniture. Experientially, the house offers vertical connection to nature (sky and sun) through the courtyards and a horizontal connection to the man-made landscape (pool and garden).

The Jack Arch House By PVDRSClimatically, the south-west facing verandah and rear vents help flush out the daytime heat gains in the evening. The courtyards provide sufficient day lighting in ground floor and basement areas. The layer of tertiary spaces on the east and west facade and vermiculite insulation over the roof helps to reduce direct solar heat gain. Spatially, the ground floor comprises of a 4 layered configuration- a porous layer of verandah, a 2nd layer of primary spaces (dining, living and master bed), a 3rd layer of secondary spaces (pantry, powder room, dressing and master toilet) and a 4th layer of tertiary spaces (utility and helper’s area). The layering ensures privacy from the neighborhood.

The basement houses a large entertainment area, visually and physically connected to the ground floor through two courtyards. Materially, the ground floor comprises of a neutral palette of white walls, polished brown kotah flooring and light polished wood to compliment the exposed brick arches. The basement is intentionally realised in contrast to that of the ground floor. It is characterised by river wash champagne grey granite, grey walls, dark veneered furniture and sparks of colour to bring vibrancy to a space that will be primarily used to entertain guests.

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PVDRS is an award-winning architecture, interior design and landscape design studio based in Ahmedabad, India, founded by Dr Keyur Vadodaria and Megha Patel-Vadodaria. Both Keyur and Megha, are alumni of CEPT University and have extensive experience of working in India and London. Their studio works at a variety of scale, ranging from the design of a door handle to buildings and its surroundings.

Through a research-led design approach, their works address a multitude of parameters that include client requirements and aspirations, place and culture, materials and texture and light and wind. Central to their approach is the focus on Sustainability with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of our intervention.

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