The exterior of Ribbon House, an Indian residence designed by architecture firm Studio Ardete, is woven with an undulating concrete skin.
Studio Ardete was commissioned to build a house in Punjab in an ambitious format that reflected the client’s work in the construction industry.
The result was a White House surrounded by a ribbon of concrete. This is meant to evoke the idea of a never-ending journey.
“Ribbon House aims to create a space that embodies the material integrity of concrete, while also serving as an expression of the client’s work,” the studio said.
“It is a dynamic reflection of how the materials were used, the client’s requirements and the architect’s inspiration to leave a lasting impression and carve a memory in the hearts of all who see it. ” he continued.
“It creates the impression of a never-ending journey and creates a sense of continuity.”
The ribbon-like façade is divided into individual elements, creating gaps that encourage natural ventilation and light to flow and flow throughout the house.
The house behind it is characterized by a combination of soft curves and sharper rectangular forms. Parts of the structure are set back or pushed out to create shade and balconies.
A driveway paved with polished black tiles runs from the front yard to the house, and a corrugated fence made of curved white poles demarcates the property.
The studio within Ribbon House continues to incorporate curvaceous elements, including a dramatic staircase in front of the front entrance.
The staircase is formed by a gentle concrete step and an angular, twisted handrail with sloping black rails that rotate around a central pole with a hanging light fixture.
Next to the staircase, Studio Ardete has created an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room that occupies the central part of the ground floor. An additional kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom branch off from this space.
On the other two floors, Studio Ardete continued to place open living spaces next to the staircase and created lobby-like common areas on each floor that connect the surrounding bedrooms.
Similar to the first floor, the upper level of the home has two bedrooms on either side of a central common space alongside an office.
The basement floor has a lounge area and gym. At one end of the living room, an accent wall made of stepped, curved concrete layers serves as a backdrop for a seating area illuminated by an overhead skylight.
Light marble floors extend throughout the interior and extend into an additional seating area, separated from the rest of the living space by sliding glass doors.
According to the studio, the interior design of the home aims to be minimalist with a variety of standout elements, including views of the concrete ribbon.
The studio says, “In order to emphasize the distinctive elements that make the space stand out, the interior is decorated with minimalism to create a calm atmosphere.”
Other Indian homes recently featured on Dezeen include courtyard homes made from raw and recycled materials and homes that combine local techniques from north and south India.
Photographed by Prunesh Dev Nihanji.