Design Thinking

Abraham John Architects' Chhavi house reflects the past and present

Abraham John Architects faced several challenges while designing a residential villa in Rajasthan. Here’s how the team combined traditional Indian architecture with modern design to overcome them. 

Extreme climate, small footprint and several project requirements; were three main challenges that Abraham John Architects faced while designing a residential villa in Jodhpur.

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The 710 sqm plot had buildings adjoining it and roads on two sides. Thus, privacy was created through orientation of the screens, views and courtyards, and landscape design.  

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The villa’s traditional filigree screen or jaali is its most striking feature. Not only does it look beautiful, but it also plays a functional role in a city like Jodhpur where the temperature regularly crosses 40 degrees. Combining the filigree screen (an element of the past) with clean, modern lines gives the villa character.

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The house has an open dining and living area. The living room is also a double height area, which adds to its sense of space.

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The team made clever use of small gardens, decks and a water body to make the villa look more spacious. The house complies with Vastu Shastra, the ancient Indian architectural and design principles that govern space, sunlight, etc.