Inder House. Chennai, India
The Inder House, situated on a plot of 4250 sq. ft. in a residential neighborhood of Chennai, has approximately 6300 sq. ft. (585.3 m2) spread over four floors. In addition to the client’s program of requirements, the most important requirement was that both the exterior and interior layout of the house adhere to Vastu. This philosophy, based on directional alignments, provides a specific orientation for living spaces and rules regarding access, layouts and vertical communications. Therefore the pedestrian entrance is located on the southeast side of the plot and from it generates the main axis of the house around which are organized all communications. The staircase is an important element and organizes the relations between spaces located on either side. Also, the treatment of light in this central space emphasizes its importance as the ‘heart’ of the house.
According to the housing program, the main living spaces and master bedroom are located on the first floor in the locations specified by Vastu. The ground floor of the house features lounges that are linked to the garden, along with the gym, office and other service rooms. The second floor has more bedrooms while the third floor is reserved for the guest bedroom. The third floor also features a study room and a large terrace linked to a lounge space which is very important in Indian culture and widely used in a city with a warm climate like Chennai.
The exterior design raises a white stucco facade of wood providing a homey feel through the combination of tradition and modernity. The central element namely the stairs is manifested as a ‘hinge’ that divides the house into two volumes which in turn lend themselves to a series of cantilevered volumes towards the entrance, giving a more urban scale and creating a welcoming experience. The garden also becomes paramount in the house as it visually expands the relationship established with the lush vegetation of the neighboring plot.