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Luxury villa from Blocher Partners

Raw exposed concrete and roughly hewn natural stone are not exactly the usual materials for the interiors of a luxury villa. The architects from Blocher Partners have built an elegant residential building in the architectural metropolis of Ahmedabad.

Author Rolf Mauer

The megacity Ahmedabad is the fifth largest city in India and the economic center of the state of Gujarat. On the western edge of the city, in the outskirts of South Bopal, the Stuttgart architects Blocher Partners built a luxury villa for a local family of entrepreneurs. The location and floor plans as well as the use of the individual rooms resulted from this
the Indian architecture theory Vastu, the basics of which are in parts over 5000 years old. The architects know Ahmedabad very well, as it is not the first project they have designed and carried out on site. You successfully maintain your own office here. The property is part of a 'gate community', on the grounds of which there are exclusively villas with exceptionally large plots.

At first glance, the client's commitment to raw concrete and rough stone surfaces is surprising. The structures appear simple and simple in an exciting way. Two cubes of different heights with a central building are arranged in an L-shape on the site. It is a cultural achievement to recognize and accept exposed concrete as a high-quality wall surface. The city of Ahmedabad is known to connoisseurs as an architectural metropolis. Not only is one of the best architecture faculties in India located here. Greats like Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn have left an extensive legacy here. World-class architecture is omnipresent and Blocher Partners have given the city more than just this luxury villa.

No grand gestures

It is entered from the northeast, quite unspectacularly, through a solid-looking wooden door and on the right hand side presents a temple room with a water surface that is not entered. “This is the most sacred room in the building. It is dominated by figures standing in a water basin and can be seen from both the entrance and the adjoining private living room, ”explained Dieter Blocher. Although the construction task is not a modest one, any grand gesture is avoided. It is a building where three generations live and live. The private rooms are - arranged strictly one behind the other - of a modest size. Only the public living room near the entrance looks expansive.

Water basins in the hallway and in front of the facades ensure natural air conditioning for the building. Of course, you cannot do without air conditioning completely, but try to avoid it as much as possible. Careful handling of sunlight reduces excessive heat input and large windows ensure a constant exchange of air. The very smooth polished Italian marble floor disturbs the otherwise perfect material balance of stone and wood, but it was an express wish of the landlord, who is otherwise not afraid to openly show large ventilation slats. The somewhat strong shade of red in the cinema also affects the overall picture, but the contrast shows the high quality of the other living rooms.

Finest craftsmanship in the luxury villa

“The exclusive, stately home exudes balance, naturalness, positive strength and security and is an example of a sophisticated Indian lifestyle. The extraordinary spatial quality of the luxury villa makes it clear that old knowledge and new knowledge do not have to contradict one another, ”said the planners' summary. The many fine architectural details, which can be seen, for example, on the flights of stairs and which can also be observed in the design of the wooden slats, show how much Blocher Partners stand for high-quality architecture and interior design.

The client is familiar with real estate and has commissioned the Stuttgart architects to build his own house after several buildings have already been built together. For those who cannot travel to Ahmedabad to examine the work of the Stuttgart-based company, we recommend their office building in the Swabian state capital. It is worth it ..

Also read the interview with Dieter Blocher about the house in Ahmedabad / India

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Architect Dieter Blocher; Blocher Partners, Stuttgart

Owners: Jutta and Dieter Blocher, Wolfgang Mairinger, Vandana Sha, Angela Kreutz, Anja Pangerl, Jürgen Gaiser

Foundation: 1989

Employees: 180

Areas of work: architecture, urban planning, interior architecture and design

www.blocherpartners.com


Factsheet

Project: Construction of a luxury villa (competition)

Location: Ahmedabad / India

Client: Dhiren Vora family

Construction task: private building

Completion: 2015

Property size: 25,000 m²

Number of floors: 2

Floor area: 1,800 m²

Materials (ceiling wall floor)
Floor: Armani Brown Marble from Italy; Doors and Louvers: Teak; Bathrooms: natural stones, bisazza tiles; Furniture: Minotti, Bo Concept, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Vitra, Walter Knoll, Cor, Flexform Mood, Classicon + Indian antique furniture by Mahendra Doshi Mumbai and local dealers, custom-made
Light: Flos, Tom Dixon, Ingo Maurer, XAL, Louis Poulsen, Kartell, Bocci, Artemide, Oluce

Kitchen: Poggenpohl


A private home in Ahmedabad, India

Rough ‘n‘ tough

Rough exposed concrete and roughly trimmed natural stone. Not exactly the usual materials for interior spaces in mansions. In the architectural metropolis of Ahmedabad, the architects of Blocher Partners have built an elegant private home.

Author: Rolf Mauer

Ahmedabad, a city with over a million inhabitants, is the fifth-largest city in India and the economic center of Gujarat, a state in Western India. On the city’s western outskirts, in the suburb of South Bopal, Stuttgart-based architects Blocher Partners erected a mansion for a local entrepreneur family. The location, the floor plans and the use of the individual rooms are based on Vastu Shastra, the traditional Hindu “science of architecture”, parts of whose origins are more than 5,000 years old. The architects are well acquainted with Ahmedabad seeing that this is not the first project they have designed and implemented there. They have a successful office of their own here. This estate was constructed within a gated community, where only mansions with exceptionally big plots are located.

At first sight, the commitment of the client to raw concrete and rough stone surfaces surprises the viewer. In a fascinating way, the building structures have a pure and simple effect. Two cubes of different height and a central connecting structure are arranged in an L-shape on the plot. It is a cultural feat to recognize and accept exposed concrete as a high-grade wall surface. Connoisseurs will know Ahmedabad as an architectural metropolis. One of India's best architecture faculties are located here. Famous architects like Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn left an extensive legacy. Architects of world renown are present everywhere, and Blocher Partners too gave the city more than just this mansion.

No flaunting gestures

You enter the building from the north-east quite unspectacularly through a solid-looking wooden door and will find a temple room with an expanse of water on your right, which is inaccessible. “It is the holiest room in the building. It is dominated by sculptures standing in a water basin, and can be viewed both from the entrance and from the adjacent private living rooms ”, explains Dieter Blocher. Although this building task is not a modest one, all flaunting gestures are avoided. It is a house for three generations to dwell and live in. The private rooms, arranged in strict succession one after the other, are of a decidedly modest size. Only the public living room near the entrance looks expansive.

Water basins in the corridor and in front of the façades provide natural climatization. Of course air-conditioning technology cannot be completely dispensed with, but the architects tried to avoid it as far as possible. Careful use of sunlight reduces excessive heat impact and large-sized windows ensure constant air exchange. The extremely polished Italian marble floor disturbs the otherwise perfect material balance between stone and wood, but it was an explicit wish of the head of the household who otherwise is not afraid of openly presenting large-dimensioned ventilation louvers in the living rooms. The strong red color shade in the cinema, too, impairs the overall impression, but reveals, by virtue of the contrast, the very high quality of the other living rooms.

Craftsmanship at its best

“The exclusive stately home radiates balance, authenticity, a positive power and a feeling of security, and it is a prime example of a sophisticated Indian lifestyle. The exceptional spatial quality of the mansion underlines that, in the process, old knowledge and new findings do not have to contradict each other ”, conclude the planners. There are many subtle architectural details, for instance on the flights of stairs and in the design of the wooden slats, which show how much Blocher Partners appreciate high-quality architecture and interior design. The client’s real-estate knowledge is extensive and he had commissioned the Stuttgart-based architect to build his own family home after both parties had already implemented several buildings together. If you do not have a chance to travel to Ahmedabad to take a look at the work of the architects, we recommend that you take a look at their office building in the Swabian capital city. It will be worth your while.

Factsheet

Project: Elegant private home (Competition), luxury villa

Location: Ahmedabad / India

Client: Dhiren Vora family

Task: Family home

Completion: 2015

Area: 25,000 m²

Number of stories: 2

Floor area: 1,800 m²

Materials (ceiling, wall, floor):
Floor: Armani brown marble from Italy; doors and louvers: teak;
Bathrooms: natural stone, Bisazza tiles; Furnishing: Minotti, Bo Concept, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Vitra, Walter Knoll, Cor, Flexform Mood, Classicon; antique furnishings from India by Mahendra Doshi Mumbai and local dealers, custommade;
Light: Flos, Tom Dixon, Ingo Maurer, XAL, Louis Poulsen, Kartell, Bocci, Artemide, Oluce; Kitchen: Poggenpohl

Architect Dieter Blocher; Blocher Partners, Stuttgart

Owners: Jutta and Dieter Blocher, Wolfgang Mairinger, Vandana Sha, Angela Kreutz, Anja Pangerl, Jürgen Gaiser

Founded: 1989

Staff: 180

Working areas: architecture, urban planning, interior design, product and corporate design, publishing