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Fort House

Location
Hyderabad, Telangana

Size
745 Sq.M

Status
Built

Year of Completion
2014

Design Team
Sameep Padora, Mythili Shetty, Viresh Mhatre, Harsha Nalwaya, Aanoshka Choksi

Photographer
Edmund Sumner

Referencing forts as a primer for the formal development of the project attempts to balance a need for privacy and protection from the outside while developing layered and tiered open spaces for social engagement.

With the Golconda fort (built in the 15th century) about 15 kms from the site becomes an anchor to the design that attempts to distance the notion of privacy from that of scale. Formally the boundary wall becomes part of the three parallel limestone-clad walls that configure programs between them and ascend in height as they gain distance from the street scaling the house down to human proportions.

The need for privacy and climatic sheltering on the south side street creates a largely impervious facade. The solidity of this construct is completely obliterated once inside the house by sectional overlapping and linked multilevel hybrid courtyard that is both internal and external. This void/court cuts through the sectional width of the house becoming a programmatic connection for the independently accessible strands of private (family) and public (work entertainment) spaces that intersect in the physical center of the house.

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