Lucknow city in India has a rich heritage with numerous buildings dating back to the 18th century. The site for this house lies along a busy arterial road and is on the peripheral edge of an extensive plotted development for private homes.

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

ArchitectSanjay Puri Architects
Location: Lucknow, India
Year: 2019
Gross floor area: 790 sq.m.
Lead Architects: Mrs. Nina Puri & Mr. Sanjay Puri
Design Team: Ruchika Gupta, Jinal Jain, Nivedita Raverkar, Nandita Rebello, Akanksha Singh, Swati Gadekar
Interior Design Consultant: Nina & Sanjay Puri Architects
Structure Consultant: Dr. Kelkar Design Pvt. Ltd.
Landscape: Envision
Photography: Mr. Dinesh Mehta

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

From the architect: The house is planned alluding to the traditional Indian courtyard house in response to the climate of the location. Temperatures in the lengthy summer months are in excess of 35° C, with the sun in the southern hemisphere.

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

The extensive requirements of the 6 bedroom house are interspersed with sheltered open terraces and landscaped gardens around a 2 floor high naturally ventilated courtyard.

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

Patterned screens derived from traditional Indian architecture and the famous Lucknow 'chikan' embroidery sheath outdoor seating areas for each room on the south, west and east sides. These screens provide shelter from the sun, create different light patterns throughout the day and mitigate traffic noise from the busy arterial road on the southern side.

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

Large glass windows on the northern side allow indirect light to infuse the internal spaces of the house. Varying volumetric proportions with differing sectional spaces create an individual identity to each living space with the courtyard cohesively integrating them together.

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

Built almost entirely in raw concrete, a natural palette of sandstone and wood with muted colors, vivid Indian art and landscape are brought together in different compositions in each of the internal volumes.

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

A large garden on the north penetrating up to the internal courtyard between rooms has partial shadows at most times of the day allowing it to be used in the extensive summers too.

18 Screens by Sanjay Puri Architects

A series of experiences are created in this house that by its design facilitates natural ventilation and sunlight within and is simultaneously contextual to the location, sun articulation, tradition, culture and social aspects.

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