Nestled amidst a sprawling 75,000 sq. ft. of lush green plot Nene’s residence is an architectural delight that looks spectacular with its clean, bold lines defining its glory. The house is linear that runs along the east-west axis with the entrance being at the centre that parts the public and private spaces in two halves. The house is designed such that minimal heat penetrates but at the same time maximum natural light and ventilation floods in all the areas. With no additional floor plate, the house expands on the ground, housing four bedrooms, a lavish living, family area and a courtyard that is Zen through it placement and design. A luxurious swimming pool overlooks the family area that further opens up to a vast garden.
Project Name: Dr. Nene Residence
Studio Name: Dipen Gada and Associates
Location- Mahapura, Vadodara
Month and Year of Completion – SEP 2018
Square Footage – Built up Area- 7500 sq. ft.
Design team- Dipen Gada (Principal Designer), Ishank Patel, Krimmy Patel, Shraddha Patel, Vishal Jani and Prakash Prajapati
Site coordinator- Rahi Construction
Structural Designer- Anil Mistry
Electrical Consultants– Chirag Electrical
HVAC- Gayatri Trading Corporation
Photography- Tejas Shah Photography
Text- Nidhi Patel
Just as we enter, the house unfolds from behind a huge tree revealing the two stark cuboids with corten steel facade. The facade is a synthesis of textured plastered walls and voids encompassing corten steel jali that rhymes with the playfulness of the trees encompassing the site. The entrance is centrally located such that it seems to draw us to walk along the path that is guarded by a waterbody on either side making the whole experience Mediterranean.
Just as we are still musing over the sheer scale of the built masses, the magnitude of the entrance creates an impact with the elegant branch-like brass casted handle of the wooden main door. The main door opens up to a jaisalmer passage that overlooks the courtyard and giving a peek of the enormous living room that is lit with the natural light blushing the rare walls with interesting sciography throughout the day with pergolas via skylight.
The passage has fascinating enclosure of perforated bricks that pivot along the metal members fixed on frames that lets in the light at the same time gives a glimpse of the surroundings. A small court is the connecting dot of the three main bedrooms situated at various ends. Each bedroom is designed such that it not only has its own private balcony but also a spacious bathroom with a court. The balcony doubles up as a deck that overlooks in front or rear end and has its own unique character defined by the play of light and vision through the perforated corten steel jali doors. The master bedroom has a fascinating work of terrazzo and brass Pattis with terra cota colored IPS.
The family area sits on other side of the entrance that overlooks to the magnanimous balcony in front and the swimming pool on the other side. The ochre yellow IPS finish seating created with sides blend seamlessly with the multicolour Kota flooring. The overall colour scheme is kept simple and basic that merge with the rawness of the site and surroundings.