House Review

Strategic placement of any building becomes paramount when it comes to a large site. This was the case with the 2.5-acre site for a new farmhouse in Chhattarpur, New Delhi, where the land was exceptionally narrow and deep.

The narrowness of this west facing plot was challenging because placing the built mass either in front or at back resulted in enormous, wasteful lawns at the other ends. Besides, the presence of an adjoining old three storey residential building to the north with an array of servant rooms situated on its terrace looking into our site, made it imperative to place our building parallel to this adjoining block such that there is no visibility of this mammoth structure from the south courtyard of our building. 

The main mass of the building was designed along the length to counter the linearity of the plot and was positioned towards the north side creating a south facing court and avoiding ‘over-looking’ issues from the neighbours. The south court was flanked with the formal living and bar to the west with the gymnasium/ den area to the southeast corner. This resulted in an intimate court adjoining the informal lounge of the house. The initial planning provided for a pool positioned in the court next to the gym block but was later shifted to the northeast of the building on client’s behest.

The main building being linear along the north and the formal area located in the south-west spanning the width of the plot resulted in an ‘L’ shaped typology. What it helped do was to segregate the formal front lawns with the more intimate central courtyard. Placing the living room between these open zones gave the user a benefit of clubbing these areas for larger gathering.

The architectural vocabulary of the building was actually generated with the response to its orientation. The front of the house facing west is either expanse of solid white planes or timber louvres provided in front of openings with glass.

The entrance of the house is flanked with a granite-clad stone wall that directs the movement towards the main door. An elegant steel and wood canopy projects out over the entry. The bar, located at the other end from the entrance, was cladded with same stone and it wrapped around onto the side facing the internal courtyard.

The master bedroom sat on top of the bar and precariously cantilevered out towards the court. High roof of the master bedroom balcony provided an unobtrusive view of the courtyard and poolside area with the rear lawn. An open verandah was designed outside formal living with louvers on the roof protecting the length of the glass from direct evening sun.  

Compositionally, there is a subtle balance between the solid and void that has been created to the front of the house. Towards the south court, the glazing has been maximized on the ground floor with adequate shade being provided by the building mass projecting out on the first floor. 

The staircase was custom-designed and fabricated out of steel and timber and is placed along a full height transparent wall in the entrance atrium which faces north. This glass and aluminum skin turns horizontal at the top and becomes part of the roof.

 

Source : Home Adore

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Futuristic Plastic Roads

Plastic roads are roads made either entirely of plastic or of composites of plastic with other materials. Plastic roads are different from standard roads in the respect that standard roads are made from asphalt concrete, which consists of mineral aggregates and asphalt. Currently, there are no records of regular roads made purely of plastic, although In India things are quite different .

The indian Government order in November 2015 has made it mandatory for all road developers in the country to use waste plastic, along with bituminous mixes, for road construction. This is to help overcome the growing problem of plastic waste disposal in India.Plastic composite roads, however, have existed and demonstrate characteristics superior to regular asphalt concrete roads; specifically, they show better wear resistance. The implementation of plastics in roads also opens a new option for recycling post consumer plastics.

Back in India, The plastic composite roads is not an ideal method, since the plastic is not exploited for all of its properties. So far, no large scale,  methodical approach has been employed to build roads entirely of plastics.

Imagine that constructing a road would take days instead of months. That roads would last three times as long. That maintenance and traffic disruption are things of the past. And that cable and piping problems as well as the urban water problem are solved overnight.

This may sound like a scenario in the distant future, but nothing could be further from the truth. An innovative concept proposed by a Dutch company, Volkerwessels, aims to create roads entirely of recycled plastic. Every component of the Plastic Road is being designed to make its application completely circular, with the goal of using recycled plastic as much as possible.

The Plastic Road concept consists of a prefabricated, modular and hollow road structure made from (recycled) plastic. The prefabricated production, the light weight and the modular design of the Plastic Road make construction and maintenance faster, simpler and more efficient compared to traditional road structures

The Plastic Road has a hollow space that can be used to (temporarily) store water, thus preventing flooding during extreme precipitation. The hollow space can also be used for the transit of cables and pipes, thus preventing excavation damages.

Plastic-bitumen composite roads have better wear resistance than standard asphalt concrete roads. They do not absorb water, have better flexibility which results in less rutting and less need for repair. Road surfaces remain smooth, are lower maintenance, and absorb sound better.

Volkerwessels in conjunction with total and KWS  are currently working hard on the business case and is investigating the best way to produce the Plastic Road. The development of a first prototype will start soon. Once the Plastic Road meets all the technical, environmental and safety requirements, a pilot installation will be built to perform practical tests.

The expected lifetime of the Plastic Road is two to three times as long as that of traditional road paving.

The expected construction time of a new road will be reduced by approximately 70%

The Plastic Road is four times as light as a traditional road structure

The Plastic Road is 100% circular and is made from recycled plastic as much as possible.

 

Next time we zero in on Permeable roads  Thank you for reading .

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