Thank you for taking time to consider my design proposal. It was an exciting project to work on.
My main focus while designing was of course, as mentioned in the brief to bring in the maximum possible sunlight from the only one side which has access to it. For this purpose, I have given a sliding folding door in the living room which when open, lights up the entire space. For a more permanent natural light allowance, I have provided a fixed glass window above the lintel level. Also, I have tried to arrange the interior spaces in a layout such that all the spaces of the house are lit by sunlight, either directly or indirectly. For this, I have increased the height of the living room by one-half times the floor height. It can be overlooked down front he floor above. This way, I have tried to 'unbox' the interiors and keep the spaces more open and inter-connected. The television is placed in a way that it can be watched from all the surrounding spaces.
I have kept the placement of the bedrooms and the bathrooms as in the sample layout, but I have added a few spaces like the powder room near the common toilet, laundry area and family space which I believe can be useful. I have utilized a single staircase to access all the floors as opposed to the two different ones in the sample layout. This provides more room for the extra bits of spaces like the skylight and ducts, for ventilation in the store room and the pantry.
The prayer room is designed as a glass cube which sits in the center of the staircase, but is cantilevered on one side and suspended by steel cables from the slab above. It is unsupported from three sides to enable the light from the skylight above to reach the kitchen floor and also to create a floating effect. The prayer room has folding glass doors which can open up into the family space, which in turn can open up into the balcony so i can be used as one space as and when needed.
For the elevation part, I have tried to use different materials and colours to break the monotony as well as give a stepped contemporary look. The water tank and the electric water heater are placed at the back side to maintain a balanced front facade. The North-East location of the water tank also shields it from the intense summer heat and prevents the water from heating up too much. However, this can be placed above the staircase void if needed.
For the main gate, I have considered a sliding gate for the car park to save space and prevent obstructions on either side of the compound wall.
Kindly check the attached .pdf files to see the detailed layouts.
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