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Blending Timeless Architectural Grandeur to Modern Lifestyles

by Nilesh Bansal 2 months ago in art

Vault House, Designed by Chaukor Studio

Vaults are one of the most ancient techniques for creating shelters. Dating back to egyptian times, vaults were one of the most fundamental forms of architecture. Truest to their form and nature, vaulted roofs throughout the architectural history have been used to shelter; from the most humble dwellings to the buildings of highest prominence. It has evolved as an element and has continued its existence throughout history by taking many shapes and forms. Due to limited knowledge of material sciences and construction technologies, creating vaults and domes was one of the only ways to create shelters and roofing structures. However, in the modern times, with the advent of modern industrial materials it is no more a neccessity. Rather it has now evolved as a symbol of the vast Architectural Heritage. Vault house is the project that celebrates this architectural symbol in its Truest and Purest Form!

Creating designs that embrace details and technology belonging to the Historical era (Classical era) require a deep and comprehensive understanding of Architectural design and Interior Design that was practiced at that period. Such designs have evolved over centuries and encapsulate innumerous aspects in their form and creation. This understanding and subtelty of design can only be achieved through years of design experimentation, study of heritage and real time construction experiences. Chaukor studio from the time of its inception has been intensively involved in the creation of many such distinctive houses that embody the essence of the classical era.

Vault house aims to encapsulate the essence of simple yet holistic living. The materials are used in their most exposed (unpretentious) form and structural elements are true to their functional requirements. Vault house is a symbol of Holistic living and celebrates the notion of Embracing Life in its Truest Form!

With response to the context, the house follows a typology of a fortified unit with multiple introverted courtyards, roof-top gardens, and uninterrupted views of the sky and the raw character of brick. Rooms are made at various levels that break the physical connectivity yet visually connect its inhabitants with landscape and greens. All these approaches try to capture the fundamentals of a traditional and a holisitic way of living. Various structural systems like vaults and domes have been incorporated using different techniques through locally available brick. These structural forms symbolize the strength and essence of simple and sensible living. The highest vaulted roof is planned centrally connecting all the habitable spaces of the house and captures all the hot air thus creating a flow of natural ventilation inside. All these elements combine to create an environment within an existing environment.

Overpopulated cities don’t allow houses to have enough openness and views. The vault house has been designed to percept certain views which the user may find relaxing. All major living spaces overlook green areas creating a continuous connection of the user to landscape and greens. Multiple vaults and does are created to capture the uninterrupted views of the sky and add an element of simplicity to the residence. These framed insights are achieved through different volumes and levels in spaces. Different kinds of skylights create fascinating shadows throughout the day and evoke the user’s experience. Plays in volumes of the building also reach out for interesting connectivity within various spaces and creating multiple experiences for the user in his abode. Small terrace gardens connected to different living spaces of the house provide diversity in their kind. A barrier of privacy is maintained through a lot of greenery interwoven with the interior spaces. Intimate spaces along the bay windows look out to the immediate surroundings and provide peaceful and calm environments.

The double-heighted green courtyard space covered with a skylight forms the center of the house. By placing this atrium centrally, all other activities of the house are directly-indirectly connected to it. Thus, a main dynamic zone is created at the center of the house allowing for interaction to happen. Visual connectivity between the two floors is maintained. The vertical movement within the house revolves around the central courtyard space through inter-connected spaces. This enhances the social interaction taking place between the users.

The Main Axis of the residence is aligned with the prevalent wind direction. This orientation provides excellent ventilation during the summer as well as monsoon seasons. The Highest vaulted roof is planned centrally to allow ventilation to all habitable functions of the residence. The vault house uses locally available brick in its raw form as the primary building material and encompasses traditional roofing techniques in a modern way which enhances the environment in and around it. Staggered built forms and volumes emerge from all facades and help in inter-shading each other. This reduces the direct heat gains inside the residence. Deep planters are planned on the first floor that increase the thermal mass of the roofs and reduce heat gains. Vaulted brick roofs on the first floor have lesser heat gains due to its shape and high thermal mass of brick.

As in the case of most urban cities, the ‘Vault House’ is a typical urban single-family residence that evolves with the inevitable agglomerations of a plotted development in the growing city of Noida. The need for land demands the plot to be peripherally surrounded by other residences, leading to a single open side connecting to a secondary lane, with no care to ensure increased visual connectivity to public spaces. Such a cloistered context creates a challenge to create an environment that restores the connectivity of the user with nature through daily activities as well as provides unique experiences through a specific frame of views, play of spatial interconnectivities, private intimate spaces and juxtaposition of various materials, colors and textures.

Dating back to Egyptian times, vaults were one of the most fundamental forms of architecture. Truest to their form and nature, vaulted roofs throughout architectural history have been used to shelter; from the most humble dwellings to the buildings of highest prominence. It has evolved as an element and has continued its existence throughout history by taking many shapes and forms. Due to limited knowledge of material sciences and construction technologies, creating vaults and domes was one of the only ways to create shelters and roofing structures. However, in modern times, with the advent of modern industrial materials, it is no more a necessity. Rather it has now evolved as a symbol of the vast Architectural Heritage. Vault house is the project that celebrates this architectural symbol in its simplest form and translates it into the concept of Simple yet Holistic Living!

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