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Vaibhav Dimri
Chromatic House’s child-like playfulness derives directly from the clients’ mandate. A young nuclear family of five, they desired a city home for the children to grow up playing together in actively participative care of their parents. So the design arranges the home and a lawn in an oblique, but equal, figure-ground and departs from the urban box-form by referencing a more rural pitched roof form with a long verandah. The bedrooms on the first floor spill onto a large tapered A-frame volume which accommodates a mezzanine lounge and the living, dining and kitchen in an open plan. This volume opens up to the lawn and vegetable garden through a long verandah shaded by a pergola, while the study in the attic whimsically connects with it through a slide tucked under the stairs. The design is a conversation between whimsy and simplicity: between material vibrancy, play of light and reticent fenestrations, on one hand, and a stark, tapered, singular volume on the other. Tint, patterns and texture of bare concrete and terracotta is meant to infuse youthfulness into a venerable and frugal material palette. The red tinted, concrete in expressed formwork used externally transitions to smooth grey concrete internally. Similarly diagonally patterned yellow brick contrasts with thin-section birch joinery to add delicate warmth to the light filled interior. Concerned about their resilience to climate change, the parents were equally conscious of the environmental footprint of construction of Chromatic House. The tapering linear form and glare protected windows, aligned to the open lawn and punctured by a fabric shaded open atrium helped orient the house to maximise daylighting and minimise extraneous views and solar thermal heat gain passively. The substantial heating and cooling required in the north Indian semi-arid, semi-humid subtropical climate is actively addressed by an under-floor radiant heating and cooling HVAC system. This low energy system, is the first installation of its kind for a residence in the region, helps ameliorate temperature extremes while allowing the house to be naturally lit and ventilated. Photovoltaics installed on the sloping roof generate energy to be fed back to the grid. Almost half of the site is a lawn meant to soak up runoff from extreme rain incidents that are now quite common in the region. As it transpired, the home’s emphasis on private greens, exclusion of the outside and vibrancy has ameliorated pandemic-induced boredom and isolations. All the building materials used are sourced from within a 300 mile radius from the site. North Indian marbles have been extensively used in the house as opposed to imported stones.
Chromatic House
Asia-Oceania
Residential
Gurugram, Haryana, India
December 2021
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, Shruti Dimri, Jainy Gandhi, Piyush Parimal, Kalaiarasan C
André Jeanpierre Fanthome
Image of Architect/Designer (Portrait recommended)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Vaibhav-Dimri-1.jpg
Board 1 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Chromatic-House-Board-1.pdf
Board 2 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Chromatic-House-Board-2.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: 9

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

 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 10
Climate Responsiveness: 9

 by b.lenhardt
Concept and Practicality Balance: 4
Innovativeness: 5
Climate Responsiveness: 3

 by 1413794236
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 6
Climate Responsiveness: 7

 by gisela.loehlein
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 8

innovative design that plays with color light and space at the same time

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

really enjoyed this one





Anonymous @ 10/30/2023 11:59

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 9

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 9

Anonymous @ 10/13/2023 06:56

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 9

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 8

Anonymous @ 10/13/2023 06:56

Overall Presentation:

Concept and Practicality Balance: 10

Innovativeness:

Climate Responsiveness: 9

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

Overall Presentation: 4

Concept and Practicality Balance: 4

Innovativeness: 5

Climate Responsiveness: 3

1413794236 @ 09/30/2023 08:14

Overall Presentation: 7

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 6

Climate Responsiveness: 7

gisela.loehlein @ 10/01/2023 06:04

Comment: innovative design that plays with color light and space at the same time

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 8

sandra @ 10/02/2023 11:44

Comment: really enjoyed this one

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 9

Average Score: 6.43