As per Ar. Prashant Parmar, “Large plots are not essential for lavish homes, but thoughtful space planning can break the limitations of small plots making it breathable, inviting adequate natural light and ventilation.” Located in the prime location of Ahmedabad, Paldi, this Narrow House sets out a unique example of going beyond the limitations in all aspects of architecture as well as interiors incorporating nature within the build forms.
Project Name: Narrow House
Architecture Firm: Prashant Parmar Architect | Shayona Consultant
Principal & Founder Architect: Ar. Prashant Parmar
Firm Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Completion Year: 2022
Plot Area: 2,600 sq. ft.
Gross Built Area: 5,000 sq. ft.
Budget: INR 4400 / Sq. ft. Approx.
Project Location: Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Photo Credits: @panjwani.vinay
Design Team: Ar. Harikrushna Pattani, Ar. Hemang Mistry, Ar. Ashish Rathod, Ms. Pooja Solanki, Ar. Vasavi Mehta.
A narrow road lies in front, of this 2,600 sq. ft. plot. A common wall on the South blocked Wind & Natural Light to enter the space. The client was worried due to these issues. Also, neighboring bungalows with very less margins surround the plot. However, the expertise and experience of the architect broke all these barriers and created an iconic Bungalow named “Narrow House”.
The home was to be made breathable and extensive to fulfil all aspects like functionality, design, and aesthetics with full of natural light & ventilation. The interconnectivity within and outside is added by tactfully woven spaces that also captures the essence of nature in every space creating stepped gardens on each floor. The overheating effect during the scorching the summer in Ahmedabad is eliminated by the extended roof slabs and the gardens on each floor which also allows the cool breeze to enter the interior spaces.
The interesting drama of light & shadow on the entry steps & otta created by the MS pergolas during the daytime warm-heartedly welcomes the person. The huge 25’ long wall highlighted with burnt brick cladding in a herringbone pattern as a backdrop of Grey toned genuine leather sofa adds grandeur look to the Drawing Room. The seamless flow & visual connectivity can be observed through the dining & kitchen, without any wall barriers hindering the vision.
A triple-height sky lounge with a glass top acting as a contrast to the solitary interiors allowing the user to experience the skylight and engage is kept in the central zone of the bungalow. An artistically placed Dining Table in the center is accommodated in this space. One can observe the uniformity between all three floors through the MCM stone cladded triple-height wall.
The minimalism of the space is enhanced by the soothing combination of wood veneer, PU & beige colored fabric in the headboard of the Master Bedroom. The space is made more interesting by the provision of semi-covered elevated garden with pergolas. Furthermore, the magnificence of the daughter’s bedroom is amplified by the wooden figured grey MCM panels with mirror panels & decorative lights.
The material palette is selected in such a way that it exemplifies the timeless interior with a subtle look. The exterior is highlighted with the use of natural cladding materials like Stone Crete Textures and MCM. Whereas a tranquilizing combination of various veneers with beige PU polish & Italian marble flooring is used for the interiors making the house Sustainable. The special characteristic of this Narrow House is that even after having very limited floor plates, the spaces look very large from inside.