The ‘House by the Trees’ is a gathering and retreat place for a Gujarati family on the outskirts of Ahmedabad set amidst the existing neem, chikoo and amla trees. The brief given was to have a spacious and open place yet addressing security concerns.

Name of the projectThe House by the Trees
Studio NameModo Designs
Status- Built
Location – Aranya Farms, Pallodia (outskirts of Ahmedabad)
Design team – Arpan Shah, Neel Patel, Ronak Sheth, Rajvi Prajapati
Strl consultants – 912 consultants
Interior design – Pvdrs
Contractor – Suketu Shah
Built up area – 3600 sq ft
Year of completion – 2016
Photography – Monika Sathe

house by the trees by Modo Designs - Sheet3Our primary concern was to weave the house layout with the existing trees, resulting into some trees within the house courts and some trees along its edge and thus random location of existing trees defined the extends of the house.

house by the trees by Modo Designs - Sheet13The house is a two bay plan with the front bay having the semi open entry porch and vestibule and a guest bedroom adjoining it. A linear court yard segregates the front bay from the rear one enhancing the sense of openness from the enclosed spaces.

The rear bay has the living, dining and kitchen on one side and master bedroom on the other side with a semi open lounge that separates these zones in the rear bay. A 12’ cantilevered verandah hovers on the north side as an extension to living and master bedroom and along the existing line of neem trees.

house by the trees by Modo Designs - Sheet6The semi open vestibule and lounge connects the house with the courtyard and garden beyond making the house a seamless place. This connected area can transform in night when the sliding ms grill disconnects the outer area from the internal spaces making it an introverted secured place.

house by the trees by Modo Designs - Sheet5The house uses natural materials and finishes to evoke a raw informal place.

The floor has rough cuddapah in interior areas and river washed black granite in semi open areas while the courtyard has rough brown kotah stone. All ceilings are exposed concrete finished and door windows made of valsadi wood. The customized furniture is made of old reclaimed valsadi wood.


Rethinking The Future (RTF) is a Global Platform for Architecture and Design. RTF through more than 100 countries around the world provides an interactive platform of highest standard acknowledging the projects among creative and influential industry professionals.