The Cantilever House, designed to accommodate a family of four, features a mix of modern as well as natural elements that come together to create this home. The house is driven by the clients' love for outdoor landscapes and spaces and this has remained a driving factor for the entire design. The leading principle for the design was to create an interesting interplay of private and living spaces that would enable some members of the family to have privacy while the others could actively use the living spaces.
The living spaces, courtyards, and bedrooms are all laid out keeping the harsh weather in mind as well. As a result the house is serene and cool, as well as adaptive to active living. The outdoor living spaces of the house is designed in such a way that it complements the indoor aesthetics and planning.
To ensure that the house is comfortable throughout the day and year, The Cantilever House employs a series of mechanisms that minimize resource consumption and reduce the building’s environmental impact while enhancing the residents’ thermal comfort.
The integration of landscape features with the built envelope ensures a cool microclimate for the residents. The water court on the north serves as a heat sink; the plants and vertical garden also contribute to thermal comfort while purifying the air, trapping dust and pollutants. The front and rear lawns along with water court acts also serve as recharge pits for adequate rainwater harvesting. The residents’ hot water requirements are met by evacuated tube solar hot water systems installed on the rooftop. The subtle interiors comprise varying shades of browns and greys with a hint of color that is sprinkled into spaces with the use of colored dining chairs, cushions, etc to add vibrancy and liveliness. The house is full of cozy nooks, designed for maximum comfort and well being, as well as encouraging responsible living.