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Shreya Kalpesh Dalwadi Residence

The project is located in high density, residential area, in medium sized city of Vadodara. The residence deploys rammed earth, stone, RCC filler slabs, compressed earth blocks and bricks as the main building materials. The strategic location of openings in tune with strategic orientation of building, permit sufficient daylight, that too without glare, such that artificial lights are not required during late evenings also, but needed only at night. Further the strategic design, variations of being clear, partly clear, louvered or opaque, permit modulation of natural day light, to suit lifestyle requirements, different for different timings of the day.

Dr. Hitesh Shah Residence

The residence exemplifies ‘Green Design’ through use of natural materials and local labor. It has been made using mud stones, executed by local masons. The climatically responsive design approach has enabled a surface temperature reduction up to 13 degree C in peak summer, without use of any artificial energy, in hot dry climate. Additionally, glare free optimum daylight and efficient natural ventilation have been obtained due to this approach. The central courtyard, open-to-sky, creates its own micro climate, and offers an introvert living style, very suitable for hot and dry climate. It induces strong association to nature and thereby positive vibrations, leading to spiritual evolution.

Dr. Yogesh Bhatt Residence

The two major approaches to Green Architecture: first which looks upon reducing energy consumption in building use and second which focuses more on design approach in order to enhance sustainability. In the presented project, the strategic design of courtyard has resulted into an ‘open plan’. Courtyard has been and still continues to be, an important and integral element of vernacular housing in Gujarat. Due to its presence, the entire building opens out to nature. Thereby it has a scope to utilize energies of nature via wind, sun in a positive manner, the first step to energy efficient design. The house has symbolically used local and natural materials, specifically mud, as rammed earth, in all the vertical surfaces; inverted mud pans as fillers in roof; compressed earth blocks also in wall; natural stone masonry for walls around the courtyard.

Dr. Shailesh Parikh Residence

The two major approaches to Green Architecture: first which looks upon reducing energy consumption in building use and second which focuses more on design approach in order to enhance sustainability. In the presented project, the strategic design of courtyard has resulted into an ‘open plan’. Occupying the centre of the plan, being open-to-sky, it becomes the centre of all activities and favourite of the residents. It acts as source of positive energy. It connects the floors vertically also and acts as binding element for the house.

Mahendra Patel Residence

It is the key understanding of designers that ‘sustainability is contextual’ and so any design which is ‘contextual’ shall essentially be ‘optimal’ and so forth a ‘green design’. The fundamental principles which make the presented project a ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ design are: Vernacular Architecture, Climate Responsive Design, Indigenous Lifestyle (its enhancement). Natural materials like stone, DO COMMUNICATE with users, when touched, either by hands or feet or visually. This un-calibrated communication in turn, has resulted in spiritual synchrony, enabling body-mind-intellect alignment. The various combinations of stones, used in the project have NATURAL LUSTRE. Since the project is open-to-sky, admits a lot of sunlight indoors, VARIOUS HUES of stones is visible at different timings of the day. This generated VISUAL DELIGHT. For example, KHATU STONE, which has been used in external cladding, appears light pink in afternoon, dark pink in evening and reddish-pink at night. This type of delight is NOT POSSIBLE IN ANY MATERIAL other than stone.