Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Diwali

Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali.

 At AKDA, we have had a great year, getting to work with some wonderful clients and been given the opportunity to design some thoughtful buildings and for that we are thankful. We hope to do better this coming year than we did before and wish everybody a joyous festive season. 

So time to feast on goodies, exchange presents and brighten up your home with lights. And please, no crackers, they are awful. 

For those looking for some interesting and low impact ways to light up their home, stick candles in brown paper bags. Not only do they last longer, the glow is very festive.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

House 8

House 8 is a modern Indian home with a contemporary interior completed recently by our firm. Located in South Delhi, this house brings an elegant simplicity to the design of the façade and interiors.

The existing house had been designed to maximise cross ventilation and embodied some of our trademark restraint in the materials and exterior form. Rather than try and upstage the existing character of the house, the attempt was to seamlessly blend the large addition required by the growing family.

The brief was to add 2000 sq.ft. of living spaces, an elevator and design a general upgradation of the entire house. Instead of putting the elevator in the tall courtyard space as originally intended, it was inserted into the core of the house, necessitating structural changes, but hiding the elevator from view. The addition on the top floor was set back from the main façade with multiple benefits: the 10 foot overhang shades the glass wall from the west sun, creates a large covered deck and prevents the house from looking top heavy.

Despite the tight construction schedule of just 5 months, the house incorporates many custom details, including a virtually frameless insulated glass wall and a hand beaten copper sheet main door.

Sukhdev Vihar, New Delhi
Built-Up Area                 
8000 Sq.Ft.

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Photography by Amit Khanna