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The Terracotta House in Agra

20 Apr 2022

Architecture: Studio Archohm

Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

The Terracotta House Agra Uttar Pradesh

Photos © Noughts and Crosses

The Terracotta House, India

The Terracotta House stands like a warm oasis in conversation with its neighbor- gupta residence. The house exemplifies a relationship between neutral grey concrete and earthy terracotta. Terracotta tiles wrap the façade to mystify the lives within, and create a harmonious world outside with a walkway and lush greens. The residents of this abode are a family of five across three generations.

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh

The balmy attitude of house is inspired by the congenial etiquette of the family inside. A color palette carrying white and earthy tones, welcomes a visitor with a voluminous double height entrance lobby and a bridge on the top that defines the experience of the journey throughout the house. A Peter Lik piece adorns the entry and a suspended flock of unique stainless steel birds conceptualized by Mukul Goyal ushers a curious visitor inside with each bird performing a distinct activity.

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh India

The house, with users and their aspirations has distinct floors that are connected, both visually and functionally. The Ground and first floor serve the seniors with a double height onyx wall, defining the two floors in unison. Furthermore, the informal living on the ground floor extends to the first – a gesture to fasten the floors, with an artwork formulating a family tree. The same informal living has access to a swing from one end, and a garden from another, framing a thorough connection.

The Terracotta House Agra Uttar Pradesh

The ground floor also features a double height formal living area- challenging the traditional scale and proportions. A series of five paintings on a concrete wall depict the city’s skyline – starting from Taj mahal, concluding at the residence itself. The choice of low height furniture in a large space alters the perception of the place. The blankness is further accentuated with a stone wall in continuation with the stone on dining table, lending iconicity to this unconventional aesthetic of this formal living room. The paintings have an overhaul of natural light through a horizontal puncture during the day, complemented by a Davide Groppi tape light to mimic daylight and uniformly highlight the pieces in the evening. Minimal yet striking, the corner and dinning table light installations, steal the show with their poise.

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh

The ground floor further houses a master bedroom and a room for the elderly, connected to a double height temple completely carved out of stone. The master bedroom is a seamless space with distinguished functions without visual barriers. A black cantilevered TV unit conceals the screen, the back of which doubles up as a study. Wardrobes extending till ceiling blend with the room coherently. The bedrooms are minimal, but not bare.

The Terracotta House Agra Uttar Pradesh

The master bedroom also extends internally to a double height outhouse, rising from the basement. The outhouse, with its reflective ceiling follows the same color palette as the house. It is cozy, and compact with a home theater in the basement and floating wooden log staircase leading to a convertible pool table on the mezzanine floor. A circular powder room is also tucked right outside the outhouse with glass and concrete in dialogue.

The Terracotta House Agra Uttar Pradesh

A floor water-mist feature can be savored sitting on mound in the garden, from the outhouse and the informal living- all at once. Technology equipped with audiovisual control, almost every function in the house is smart, automated for ease of use.

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh

A modern, minimal kitchen with a skylight delivers natural illumination, lending a timeless appeal to this functional area.

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The upper two floors belong to the two sons of the family. The two floors rhythmically function as interconnected spaces- both horizontally and vertically, literally and metaphorically. The integrated and segregated floors cater to personal, professional and future needs of the two bachelors. The two floors house a personal living area, a study and bedroom fit-out for each with a concrete bridge connecting the two. The bridge has bamboo planters personifying a jungle, attaining the desired balance of intervention and privacy. A concrete bench sits on the same bridge facilitating an enjoyable view.

The Terracotta House Agra Uttar Pradesh

The personal living rooms are accessible from individual floors, as well as interconnected internally via a small staircase. A common kids’ area with a wall scrabble, floor concrete chess, ludo carpet all inject an out-of-the-box playful flavor. The terrace is punctuated with a kitchen garden and a private pool with a retractable roof.

The Terracotta House Agra Uttar Pradesh

The architecture of terracotta house shares the story of a contemporary Indian household. The flux and difference in lifestyles, activities and daily routines across three generations, brought together seamlessly by the design of the space they live in. How independence and togetherness can co-exist, much like the society we live in. The design attempts to create a space that is universal in its presentation, with layers unfolding as one experiences it.

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh India

The Terracotta House in Agra, India – Building Information

Architectural firm: Studio Archohm –
Design team – Sourabh Gupta, Varun Sood,Tarak Murari, Amit Das, Vineet Rao, Maulik Yagnik, Sanjana Suri, Ashish Varshney, Naveen Rawat, Aman Jangid, Sebanti Sarkar, Aditi Varshnei,
Client: Mr Abhay and Ajay Gupta
Consultants: Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Interior, Landscape & Plumbing, HVAC
Contractors: Structural and Civil
Built-up area: 2154.87 sqft
Cost of project: 20cr
Year of completion: 2020

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh India

Structural: Paresh and Associates
Mechanical: archohm
Electrical: archohm
Civil: ten on ten
Landscape: Masjid nursery
HVAC: abid hussain
Plumbing: M/s. Techno Engineering Consultants
PMC: ten on ten
Façade: archohm
Engineering: archohm

The Terracotta House Uttar Pradesh India

Photography © Noughts and Crosses

The Terracotta House, Agra Uttar Pradesh images / information received 200422

Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, northern India

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