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Vaibhav Dimri
Our clients for this northwest facing residence, in Delhi, are members of 3 generation joint family. Built on a narrow 326 sqm. plot, their home faces a busy city road in a dense precinct. The design reconciles the acute lack of visual privacy on the site with their desire for an open, light-filled and convivial home that brings together their family and their friends. Our approach steps away from conventional circulation and spatial arrangements, typical to such plotted residences (that share party walls), by considering the built volume as a breached monolith rather than as a composition of fenestrated volumes and surface renders. Faceted and insulated stone facades protect the house from the lack of privacy to the front, and similarly the service areas, en suites and closets are planned at the rear to mitigate southern heat gain. The deep void carved out, bridged at the front and rear on the upper levels, creates a meandering, naturally ventilated and social courtyard at the heart of the residence, pulling in views and balconies from all the rooms of the house. It draws ample light, softened by white and wood surface renders and the rooftop glazing, deep into the basement. The cross-ventilation of the atrium, controlled by operating the windows on the bridges, can be enhanced through thermal stacking in the summer months aided by an evaporative cooler for humidification and through a wind tunnel effect during the monsoons.
Cleft House
Asia-Oceania
Residential
Delhi, India
October 2018
Vaibhav is an architect and urbanist. He co-founded an architectural practice in partnership with Madhav Raman after they graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi in 2001. Formally established in 2004, Anagram Architects is internationally recognised as amongst the top emerging practices in the world with commitment towards delivering deeply contextual designs that encourage sustainable lifestyles. Over the years the practice has garnered much international acclaim including a nomination for the Aga Khan Award 2010 and inclusion in the Wallpaper* Magazine’s “Architects Directory 2009”. Anagram Architects’ work has been premiated at the Architectural Review’s World Emerging Architecture Awards 2007, the Cityscape Architectural Awards 2008, 2010 & 2016, the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2010, the SAIE Bologna 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2011, the Asia Pacific Design Awards 2012, the International Design and Architecture Awards 2013, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers Awards National Winner 2017 and the Indipool India’s Best Design Studio Award 2017, the Dedalo Minosse International Awards 2019 and 2022 amongst many others. The practice has been included in the Architectural Digest’s list of the most influential South Asian designers for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023.
Vaibhav Dimri, Madhav Raman, Vineet Dhall
André Jeanpierre Fanthome
Image of Architect/Designer (Portrait recommended)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Vaibhav-Dimri.jpg
Board 1 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Cleft-House-Board-1.pdf
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2A Continental Architectural Awards
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 7 reviews
 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 9
Innovativeness: 9
Climate Responsiveness: 8

 by Anonymous
Climate Responsiveness: 9

 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 7

 by b.lenhardt
Concept and Practicality Balance: 4
Innovativeness: 5
Climate Responsiveness: 2

 by 1413794236
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 7
Climate Responsiveness: 8

 by gisela.loehlein
Concept and Practicality Balance: 9
Innovativeness: 9
Climate Responsiveness: 9

playful spatial resolution of a rectangular plot into a vibrant a unique house inside and out

 by sandra
Concept and Practicality Balance: 9
Innovativeness: 9
Climate Responsiveness: 8

wow





Anonymous @ 10/30/2023 12:01

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 9

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 8

Anonymous @ 10/30/2023 12:01

Overall Presentation:

Concept and Practicality Balance:

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Climate Responsiveness: 9

Anonymous @ 10/15/2023 05:14

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 7

b.lenhardt @ 10/09/2023 09:57

Overall Presentation: 6

Concept and Practicality Balance: 4

Innovativeness: 5

Climate Responsiveness: 2

1413794236 @ 09/30/2023 08:18

Overall Presentation: 7

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 7

Climate Responsiveness: 8

gisela.loehlein @ 10/01/2023 06:09

Comment: playful spatial resolution of a rectangular plot into a vibrant a unique house inside and out

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 9

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 9

sandra @ 10/02/2023 11:48

Comment: wow

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 9

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 8

Average Score: 6.86