Abhimanu Mathur's House
Status- Unbuilt, 2016
Location- Sector-44, Noida
The brief was to provide a family, with two young boys, a house that would offer them flexibility, privacy, engagement and a link with the outdoors. The idea was to take the staircase out of the shaft like the volume it usually occupies and uses it as an element to string together a series of spatial experiences that seamlessly travel upwards.
The staircase was broken up into a series flight that does not sit one above the other but acts as a dynamic tying element between various spaces. The movement on the stairs at each level is integrated into the spaces they are attached to and into the overall experience and narrative of the house. The built volumes were then thought of receding masses that stepped back from the front, creating a levels of terraces that allow for communication across the South-east façade from the garden to the terrace, and are frame / enclosed within a shading lattice frame that creates the notion of enclosure while still allowing for an outdoor space that responds to the
large park the site faces.
A fourth element, that announces itself very prominently at the roof in the form of a half vault, is a shaft that travels along the North-East wall, through the center of the building, drawing light, to what would have been the darkest, center of the house, from the roof
level, down to the sunken, kitchen level, and lighting up the stairs as it does, bringing in a dramatic play of light and shadow and volume that opens up and lightens the interior of the house and along with the dispersed stairs ties the 5 levels of the house rather effortlessly.
The house was about exploring and creating space, and not packing it full. But rather making it spaces, that talked to each other and made opportunities, for conversation, for calm, for curiosity, for a surprise, for light, for shadow, and for life.