Visually Striking Brick Cladding Transforms Exterior Surfaces of this House into Dynamic Facades

Manjari House by Karu Studio

This house in Ahmedabad was conceptualized with the aim to create a unique design language in an existing rural setting.


The residence weaves around an existing tree and is designed in accordance with Vastu Shastra in order to preserve the core values and beliefs of the client.

Picture Courtesy: Karu Studio

However, designing as per Vastu norms was a major challenge in this project with plot facing south. Architect’s overcame this hindrance through functional grid division of spaces. Living room, dinning and kitchen falls from North to South-East. Dining area sits in the center with double heighted ceiling giving an open concept by introducing the environment and making direct connection with ground and first level.

Picture Courtesy: Karu Studio

South volume being extruded promotes lower north portion by carrying in natural light streaming down causing highlights and shadows throughout the day. Balcony jaw widens at the north-west side and narrows down on towards the north-east.

Picture Courtesy: Karu Studio

Exposed brick cladding depicts the country house theme. Inspiration for brick patterns came to light form Indian Saree 'Butta' patterns. Addition of green pockets towards the north-west connects the outer extended area near entrance to inside living space by bringing in freshness. This space visible from the living and bedroom area disconnects you from chaotic life and heals you with calmness from nature.


Project: Manjari House

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Design House: Karu Studio

Design Team: Ar. Kalpan Shah, Ar. Ruchi Shah

Photography: The Phantasm Studio


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