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Race Course House / Khosla Associates

Exposed concrete charm and timber clad ceilings defines this Coimbatore residence’s identity.

Project Name : Race Course House
Project Location : Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Project size : 12500 sq. ft.
Architects/Designer : Khosla Associates
Project Status : Built

Text description by the architects. 

Tucked away in a leafy by lane off the historic Race Course road in Coimbatore, this house was intended to reflect the personality and lifestyle of the homeowner couple, their two young children and dogs. Both successful entrepreneurs, the husband runs a textile company for bed and bath linen and his spouse runs a real estate company that constructs affordable concrete housing.

A central feature of this house is a freestanding double height form-finished concrete wall that divides the living and dining areas, and culminates in a roof with strategically positioned skylights on either side. A cutout in the slab allows the skylights orienting east west to capture the arc of the sun from morning to afternoon, and bathe the wall with an ever-changing dance of natural light.

The spatial arrangement on the ground floor allows for free visual movement between living and dining areas and a constant connect to the outdoors. The living room and bar areas open eastward into a wooden decked verandah and a verdant tropical garden. The dining room and open kitchen step out northwards into an intimate outdoor court with fixed seating around a tree. The upper level is an area for the family’s refuge, with the master bedroom and two children’s rooms converging into a casual lounge that opens to a pergola-covered terrace with views of the east garden. The roofs of the lounge and the master bedroom slope outwards in opposing directions of each other.

The lofty entrance pergola made of precast concrete members acts as a shading device from the strong Coimbatore sun. The materiality of the house is a muted mix of grey kota stone floors, timber clad ceilings and polished cement and cast concrete surfaces. These are juxtaposed with strong tropical colors in the textiles like a neel blue, fuchsia pink and deep ochre. The house tells a narrative about its owners and what they do. The references to concrete construction as well as the textile traditions of Coimbatore adds a layer of rooting and meaning. The spaces for the family and close friends are warm and interactive and the connect with nature is constant.

Photographer: Fabien Charuau.

PROJECT CREDITS

Architect: Khosla Associates, Bangalore.

Architect In Charge: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand

Design Team: A.Baalakrishnan, Anusha Y.S

Civil Contractor: Rakiyannan & Company

Plumbing Contractor: Sri Krishna Plumbing Solutions

Central Shuttle Artwork: Metro Enterprises

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