Vasant Vihar by vir.mueller architects

'In creating a house with locally available materials, and crafted by regular construction workers, vir.mueller architects are asserting the primacy of good design practice'. vir.mueller architects

NEW DELHI – Vasant Vihar’s red-brick textured surface embraces a myriad of functional and aesthetic features.

Christine Mueller and Pankaj Vir Gupta, co-founders of Indian studio vir.mueller, studiously adapted the design of this multi-family residence to its location in a rapidly growing, upscale, Zone 4 seismic code neighbourhood in New Delhi, India. The architects’ careful consideration of the project’s purpose and site can be seen not only in the functional, sober design, but also in their choice of local materials. According to the architects, ‘this residence establishes the primacy of habitation in harmony with the environment, and an architecture capable of identity without bombast’.

Wrapped on three sides by load bearing brick masonry walls, the building is comprised of two 380-sq-m duplex apartments and one 190-sq-m first floor apartment whose common living areas are bathed by sunlight through a south-facing glass clad concrete frame façade.

On the other hand, the private areas of the three residences are enclosed by the brick walls whose subtle shifts and offsets provide the needed privacy at the same time as inviting in the daylight.

Images courtesy of vir.mueller architects

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