▼北侧临街立面，street elevation on the north
The challenge of designing a residential villa in Jodhpur was trifold: extreme climate, small footprint and a large project brief. The house also needed to be and is Vastu compliant – conforming with the ancient Indian design principles regarding space, sunlight, flow and function. The Client is a professional furniture maker and exporter and he and his family wanted a house that was both modern yet traditional. All furniture is bespoke and made by the Client along with the architects.
▼住宅外观，exterior view of the house
▼符合印度风水学的设计，the design needed to be and is Vastu compliant
The plot was a restricted one within a society scheme, encumbered by the existing adjoining buildings along its compound walls on two sides, and two roads along its north and east sides. Hence, there was a need to create privacy, through orientation of the views, screens and courtyards, as well as through landscape design. The little gardens, decks, waterbodies, sculpture court, sky lit balconies and terrace gardens were all designed to enhance its spatial feel.
▼一抵达住宅就能感受到双层的高度、宽阔和不同角度的镂空板，from the first landing people get a feel of the double height, the expanse and a new angle to the screen
In a city where temperatures routinely exceed 40 degrees Celsius, the filigree screen is both functional (protects from the sun and offers some privacy) and aesthetic, a reminder of the traditional jalis of the region. It looks spectacular at night, and during the day it cuts down the heat and glare while reflecting on the windows. From the first landing you get a feel of the double height, of the expanse and a new angle to the screen which gives the villa its character: combines the past (jalis) with a feeling of modern, clean lines.
▼使用镂空板作为遮阳设施和保证私密性，filigree screen protects from the sun and offers some privacy
▼水景、庭院空间，water bodies and garden
Local Jodhpur stone was used on the entry steps, water bodies and compound walls. The outdoor textured stone plaster finish matches the colour of Jodhpur stone and is used on some of the indoor surfaces as well, to add to the overall outdoor feel and look. The floating steps make an inviting entrance, the lighting and landscape add to the sense of arrival. As one walks towards the main door, one can pause on the bench and enjoy the soothing sounds of the cascade. The first impression created is that of space and privacy. The imposing wooden doors, double height volumes and projections that are reminiscent of the many palaces, forts and temples set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.
▼欢迎姿态的入口空间，a inviting entrance
Accommodated within are parking areas on the ground floor as well as naturally lit office and utility spaces in the basement.The architects conceptualised an open dining and living area. The living area is a double height area with the ceiling continuing through from the inside to the outside; it’s L shaped openable windows connecting it to the courtyard and waterbody.
▼两层高的起居空间，the living area is a double height area
The Kitchen doors completely slide open onto the dining room as per the occasion. The dining, kitchen, living and garden form a public area that looks very different at night, with mood lighting and a waterbody, landscape and a beautiful, authentic & traditional wooden sculpture.
▼厨房滑动门可以完全朝向餐厅开敞，the Kitchen doors completely slide open onto the dining room
The two ground floor bedrooms display concealed doors to the attached bathrooms, for a clean look. One of the bedrooms opens onto a deck and garden, while the other has a sky lit private deck to augment its sense of space. The two bedrooms on the 1st floor have a common landing (box look hovering over the dining room). The master suite is complete with a large bedroom with two seating areas; there is a sky lit green area with a cosy bench seating, a dressing area and a large spa-like bathroom; another seating area overlooks the private terrace that invites lots of birds and is meant for relaxed mornings.
▼卧室的小庭院空间，patio in the bedroom
The temple is a projecting mass over the courtyard, the screen filtering light and achieving the required privacy. The media room on the 2nd floor spills onto a big family terrace; there is a pantry looking onto another terrace, a bathroom, and a big lobby. A full height sliding door can turn the media room even bigger, by taking in the lobby.
▼露台夜景，night scene of the terrace
CHHAVI – the desert house
An oasis in the Thar Desert
Project name: Chhavi House
Architect’s Firm: Abraham John Architects
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 710 sqm
Plot Area: 280 sqm
Design Team: Abraham John, Alan Abraham, Anca Florescu, Niranjan Fulsundar, Prachi Donde, Neha Gupta
Client: Praveen Sankhla
Photo credits: Alan Abraham
Photographer’s website: http://www.alanabraham.com/