Nestled in a gated community in the Surya Vihar township in Bhilai, an industrial city in Chhattisgarh, stands a monochrome masterpiece. Affectionately named as ‘Courtyard House’, it skillfully binds the residences of two brothers through a central courtyard. Architect Varun Goyal proficiently merged two different plots to orchestrate a flow between spaces and homes without meddling with the privacy of the residents. With indigenous elements dotted throughout, it pays homage to the family’s bond.
The design philosophy of this expansive 8,000 sq. ft. minimalistic home revolves around solidifying the familial ties through a shared communal space. Wrapped around the courtyard, it seamlessly integrates the exterior with the interior. Set amidst the lush embrace of old trees that grace the area, this white washed home possesses the ability to naturally cool off and soothe its owners. With clean lines, a monochromatic palette, and harmonious flow of spaces, the homes shift shades, to suit the individual personality of each family.
The entrance is graced by a garden that offers tantalizing glimpses of the courtyard. It is only then one realizes that the two houses are distinct. The entrance foyer reveals the architectural narrative of each home, unveiling the colour palette to showcase the individual character of each residence. The foyer spills into a formal drawing room that features a subdued white palette, leading into a contrasting informal living area. The kitchens, located in the South-east quadrant, serves as a functional hub, maintaining the transparency throughout both homes, while discreetly tucking away the services in a corner. The staircases in the homes are synchronized with the colour palette of that particular house. One staircase boasts a dark aesthetic with black polished stone complementing the resplendent black walls, while the other, adorned with Nizarna white marble, becomes a sculptural element.
The bedrooms on both floors perpetuate the core essence of the house’s monochromatic character, while also providing seclusion through small openings. The attached dressers and bathrooms featuring marble countertops and wooden accents, exude an air of sophistication.
The white façade, with strategically placed openings, creates rhythmic patterns of light and shadow throughout the house resulting in a light and buoyant space. The skylights play the role of co-stars further contributing to the illumination of the home.
LIKE ITS NAMESAKE
The courtyard assumes the role of a protagonist in this narrative, with most spaces oriented towards it. It opens to the North, allowing the sunlight to waltz throughout its expanse. The harsh Southern heat of Chhattisgarh is strategically blocked out by the dead wall, bestowing the heart of the house with a sustainable feature. Another element contributing to the cooling process of the courtyard is a water body inspired from the step wells of Rajasthan. It becomes a cherished space for the family where shared moments are savored.
CLASSIC AT HEART
The monochromatic character of each home pays homage to the timeless and unbreakable bond of the family. The inclusion of indigenous materials like the Nizarna marble, Burma teak wood, art deco lighting fixtures, and mid- century furnishings encapsulates a chapter from the country’s history.
This house stays true to its name by putting a spotlight on the central courtyard. It unites the two brothers through its central element and open plan layout, fostering an environment for meaningful conversations.
Each residence exudes tranquility, while seamlessly blending with its surroundings. The black and white theme reflects modernity, while the use of wood, marble, and terrazzo infuses a sense of warmth to the entire house. Every element in the house tells a tale of the profound familial ties.
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