Cleft House / Anagram Architects

Anagram architects splits this house in two for an open, light-filled ambient mood.

Project Name : Cleft House
Project Location : New Delhi, India
Project size : 14,425 sq. ft.
Architects/Designer : Anagram Architects
Project Status : Built

Text description by the architects. 

Our clients for this northwest facing residence, in Delhi, are members of 3 generation joint family. Built on a narrow 326 sqm. plot, their home faces a busy city road in a dense precinct. The design reconciles the acute lack of visual privacy on the site with their desire for an open, light-filled and convivial home that brings together their family and their friends.

Our approach steps away from conventional circulation and spatial arrangements, typical to such plotted residences (that share party walls), by considering the built volume as a breached monolith rather than as a composition of fenestrated volumes and surface renders.

The deep void carved out, bridged at the front and rear on the upper levels, creates a meandering, naturally ventilated and social courtyard at the heart of the residence, pulling in views and balconies from all the rooms of the house.

It draws ample light, softened by white and wood surface renders and the rooftop glazing, deep into the basement. The cross-ventilation of the atrium, controlled by operating the windows on the bridges, can be enhanced through thermal stacking in the summer months aided by an evaporative cooler for humidification and through a wind tunnel effect during the monsoons.

Photographer: Suran//Dang , Andre J. Fanthome.


Architecture and Interior Design: Anagram Architects, New Delhi.

Civil Contractors: Adhunik Infrastructures

Structural Engineers: Arohi Consultants

Other Consultants: ELECTRICAL Electropower


Plumbing: RN Sahoo & Sons

Site Supervision: Anagram Architects

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DE MAY-JUN 2020 Edition – The Quarantine issue #RebootingAtHome

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