“The experience stayed with the client long after they visited Morocco,” says Sharq Mistry of Mistry Architects. “Ahmedabad and Morocco share a hot, dry climate, so their request to use elements that reminded them of the holidays was a no-brainer: locally sourced tiles, carved furniture. , splashes of color, geometric patterns, stonework and arches define the exterior of this home.”
The arches are particularly Aussie arches, which consist of pointed and inverted curves, with the lower half concave and the upper half convex. The Aussie arch, probably of Moroccan origin, gives the architecture a decorative character and is used more as decoration than functionality.
The orientation of the house and the strategic placement of elements such as courtyards and open spaces allow for plenty of sunlight while avoiding direct sunlight. “With an understanding of what the site had to offer us, we began designing an open, leafy exterior space and slowly stepped into the interior areas. Simple Plan The first floor is a common area, and the first and second floors are bedrooms with different levels, creating a rich sense of spaciousness inside the house,” says Mistry.
House in Ahmedabad: Exterior
A complex configuration of cubes of different dimensions is separated by air gaps. “The cream-colored facade is hand-plastered by local artisans,” says Mistry. The boundary wall has a wavy top, reminiscent of desert dunes. Double doors in a wooden finish with bronze inlays lead visitors into a courtyard open to the sky, topped by a pergola of wooden rafters. The geometric turquoise tiles on the floor are accentuated by the muted gray of the surrounding tiles. “An old louvered window rescued from a demolished house has been restored, giving the house new life.”
Ahmedabad house: entrance hall, living room, dining room
A wooden six-pointed star adorns the main door. The beige and blue colors of the entrance foyer, decorated with decorative tilework, are carried throughout the interior. The foyer serves as a link between the separate informal spaces and the dining area.