This refurbished private residence is located in Vadodara; Gujarat, India, which is planned in an organized manner, where the voids create air corridors in the internal as well as external spaces. Each space possess 2 large openings in opposite directions for ample of airflow and natural lighting into the spaces, creating a warm and illuminated space.

Client : Mr. Sanjaybhai’s  House
Project type : Private House
Architect : Manoj Patel Design Studio
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Completion Year : December 2018
Built Area : 220 Sq. Mt.
Plot are : 90 Sq. Mt.
Project Location : Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
Photographer : Tejas Shah
Design Team : Manoj Patel, Shivani Tamboli, Aishwarya Gupte, Krupa Kapadia.

House By Manoj Patel Design Studio - Sheet2Each space functions in its own aspect by amalgamating visual connectivity across levels, through punctured  huge balconies, projecting out on different levels and sides.

Also the second floor balcony glazing is covered with a large canopy that features as a barrier  at the same time makes the space look voluminous. The canopy acts an interactive link with first floor covered balcony and also illustrates the roofing  patterns emerged from the clay tile arrangement in metal grills, making it look as a whole connected frame mass.

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The west facade has no openings on first floor, which provides a large surface area for clay roof tile elevation adding to its rich textural quality of the facade. The designing team, explored and identified waste, recyclable, cost effective and longetivity in clay roof tiles as a material.

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Here, the use of ridged V-shaped sloping roof clay tiles as a vernacular material of dimensions 10″ height X 8″ depth X 4″wide, has been interestingly transformed into a captivating contemporary elevational facade, creating a series of continuous pattern.

Here the ratio of 40% of waste clay tiles at free cost and 60% of new clay tiles at Rs 10 INR per piece, were collected, cut into 6-8 parts of 1″ wide, which are fixed in with chemical solution against the available perpendicular surface of wall at 45˚ and crafted into a customized series for obtaining an everlasting beauty and endless zigzag pattern formations of the facade.

House By Manoj Patel Design Studio - Sheet7Furthermore, the layering of  this horizontal and vertical clay tiles is designed on the basis of sun’s movement from south to west direction throughout the day as per Indian context, which keeps the area shaded by reduction in temperature.

An illusionist display is casted on the uniform surface of the wall through these angular patterns, which transforms the solid form into more organic mass.

Thus this, urban refurbished  dwelling in clay roof tiles facade, carved out its own character through contrasting  red colored earthy textures and in volumetric masses, becoming a distinguishing  dwelling amongst the surrounding street.

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List of main materials used on the project:
Ridged shape clay roof tiles – for elevation cladding
Brickwork structure for residence construction

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Alternating between the surrounding and aesthetics (use of earthy red colored clay tiles) adapts with an innovative and practical approach for facade cladding that lends connection to the overall space. This play between the textures and volumetric massing provides  series of terraces at different levels to enhance the box shaped volume of dwelling and tends to drop gradually with towering floors.

The total residential space of 90 sqm plot area with 220 sqm of total built-up area, is designed to accommodate the living room,1 master bedroom, kitchen with dining seating on the lower floor;  3 master bedrooms on the first floor and 1 multi-purpose space for family gathering on the top floor.

The simple methodology of creating an innovative earthy red colored clay tile cladding facade, also ensured that local workers would be employed for carrying out this work without any requirement for special knowledge. Thus clay roof tiles turn out to be economical, attractive and generate more employment to the labors doing such unique craftsmanship.


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