House R2. Bangalore, India
House R2 is located adjacent to Prestige Garden Bay in Bangalore, India. The given plot size is 65, 900 sq.ft. (6120 sq. m.) and the resulting villa has a total built up area of 48,400 sq. ft. (4500 sq. m.).
The house is organized in two floors surrounding a central patio, which functions as a source of light, ventilation, and the “lungs of the gods” as per local traditions. The ground floor includes the public program for guests and visitors, the pooja room, formal and family living room, kitchen, bar, home cinema, entertainment area, and study room. The first floor hosts the library, swimming pool, its corresponding deck, and the family bedrooms, each with private terraces, which are suited to this particular climate and which form an important relationship with the landscaping.
The exterior is designed such that despite the huge scale of the house, it has a compartmentalized character, making the experience closer to the human scale. This compartmentalization is achieved with white stucco volumes at the second floor, which provide a contrast to the stone-textured podium at the ground floor. The house is surrounded by a luxurious garden, which is divided in different sections with distinct character, following the same strategies as the architectural design.
A service quarters is attached to the building with a similar massing strategy to ensure integration with the main house. The quarters include offices, rooms, and utility spaces associated with the service staff.