The exoskeleton was made of metal girders and trusses, wrapped with mild steel panels. The building process began with a grid of 15 x 15 cm beams that were laid on the existing terrace floor to raise the floor height. This was done with the intention of giving the room a floating effect and to avoid rainwater percolation into the structure. The outer walls took support from the floor grid and a sloping roof grid clad. Since the structure was built on the terrace the ceiling plane was exploited as much as possible for daylight and natural ventilation with a provision for two skylights varying in width. The design was born keeping in mind orientation, climate and comfort. Apart from the built up area the terrace landscaping was also undertaken which involved designing a controlled microclimate using plants, water bodies and sunshades.
One of the most challenging features of the project was to design the sliding door for the outdoor bathroom. The three meters high door had to be designed to slide smoothly despite its heavy weight. This feature however was achieved by using ball bearing mechanisms predominantly used by automobile manufacturers to ensure a smooth transition from open to closed state. The interiors were designed to echo the concept of modularity. With a simple push the sofa could transform into a bed or continue as a comfy five seater.
Studio for two, New Delhi, India
Architects: Studio Wood
Team: Sahej Bhatia, Navya Aggarwal, Vrinda Mathur
Total area: 366 sqm
Built area: 121 sqm