Traditional Indian House by Khosla Associates

This house is what we call “Asia”. This project designed by architects from Khosla Associates was conceived for businessman Arvin Bellad and his family and it is set amongst a one acre wooden property in north Karnataka, Hubli, India. The whole project was based on a few requirements: the owner wanted an intimate house with a large open space, a private central courtyard, but also to adhere to the principles of Vastu, the ancient Indian science of energy flow and placement.

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The concept of a single level house is appropriate given that the terrain was very large; it seems like the villa is planted on this site with towering old Gulmohar trees and peacocks strutting around without disturbing the natural environment. Usually when someone wants to build a house, he cuts all the trees and local vegetation to make space for the construction.

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Here, the architects included all the natural vegetation in this project, so I think this amazing house wouldn’t be that spectacular without those old trees included in its structure. Outside, a beautiful landscaped garden with plenty of local vegetation is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. It makes the connection between the two main entrances in the house, one for family access, and the second for the head of the family when he has guests at home from work.Given that it is very large, the house doesn’t need to be very tall, with very high ceilings. So the architects have paid their attention to design elements, which had to be perfectly combined not to disturb the environment, but also not to be shallow and toneless.

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Inside, the house is decorated with plenty of wooden furniture, which fits perfectly the interior design.  Although, I think this house is just a shelter during nights, because most of the rooms communicate with the exterior, having the impression of living outside.{pics by Bharath Ramamrutha and found on archdaily}.