Believing that every problem has the capacity to inspire unique and creative solutions that motivate growth, the young duo of Badrinath Kaleru and Prerna Aggarwal, founded Studio Ardete in the year 2010. Located in Chandigarh, India, the team at Studio Ardete aims to make each project they undertake, a study in logical and comprehensive designing. Their vision is to design spaces that would evolve into art, enriching the lives of people inhabiting them.
With a passion for creating something distinctive and a taste for experimentation, Studio Ardete does not hesitate to take on even the most challenging of projects. The architects use modern construction and building methods to come up with designs that are at par with the most accomplished practices in the world.
Located on a busy sectoral road of the city of Panchkula, Haryana, the Pool House with a built up area of 496sqmt was designed for an elderly couple and their visiting family and friends. The design brief was to visualize a house exuding comfort, designed for relaxation and leisure.
The concept was to place emphasis on the courtyard and pool areas, with these acting as the focal point of the space.
The facade has been designed in two individual masses.
A screen comprising of vertical members reduces visual contact with the busy street outside, while allowing the occupants to have a view of the trees lining the road across. Another distinct mass is created by the staircase facade, clad in dark grey textured stone. Small rectangular void have been created in this facade to break the monotonous mass and add lightness to it. These small windows have been fit in with reflective glasses incorporated to add a sculptural dimension to it. A water body planned near the entrance sets a tranquil tone for the interiors.
Transparent walls have been used to interconnect the various spaces of the house, and to link them to the outdoors as well. The sitting room located at the front of the house is designed as an extension of the landscape with the cantilevered roof reinforcing the connection of the inside to the outside. The transparent walls are further used to accentuate the presence of the Pool from different areas of the house.
The main staircase and the wellness areas have been connected to the rest of the spaces via the courtyard, establishing a strong correlation between the inside and the outside, a fact that achieves greater importance when the climatic zone, characterized by both, extreme heat and cold, is taken into consideration.
The colour, texture and material palettes of the Poolyard House have been kept subtle, with use of wood and stone stealing focus. Colourful artwork contrasts against the toned down ambience of the interiors.
In general, the lighting is done taking into consideration individual spaces and their function. Quirky light fixtures, that draw attention and bind the elements of the space together, have been used. Natural light filters in from the double height courtyard, illuminating the spaces inside during the daytime.
The pool on the first floor level can be seen from many areas, making it the nucleus of the house and lending the project its name.