The project attempts to demonstrate the possibility of affirming some¬†‚Äėprinciples‚Äô; some elementary yet precise rules. A series of spatial¬†sequences are structured around minimal architectural events distributed¬†throughout the house. These events are meant to be merely the background¬†for the life of the future occupants and therefore recede into an almost¬†imperceptible variation of light and shadow.
Developer-driven apartment blocks have completely overtaken the¬†immediate context and most of urban Delhi. These apartment blocks¬†typically occupy the complete permissible envelope and then embellish¬†the peripheral walls with whatever is currently most fashionable. The¬†resulting urban condition is one dominated by forced facades that are¬†50ft/15m tall, punctuated only with unusable three feet balconies and¬†large expanses of inoperable glass with little or no protection from the¬†climate.
In contrast, the Cuboid House strategically optimises all of the area
permissible by local code, but redistributes it amongst the various floor¬†levels. The lower service floors are extended to the perimeter to allow¬†for a larger ground floor and to maximise the parking at the road level.¬†However instead of stacking upper plans above each other, the building¬†steps away dramatically as it rises, giving way to a series of decks that¬†open up to views on the north-east.This strategy helps bring light deep into what is essentially, a narrow
thin building. To further add to the luminosity of the interior spaces, two¬†light wells are placed in the main living space. Equipped with operable¬†windows, they not only bring light, but also draw out air from the floors¬†and vent from the terrace. The deep recesses for the windows and large¬†overhangs temper the fierce climate of Delhi and recall sustainable¬†building traditions, while allowing for views from within. Two local stones,¬†one grey (cudappah), the other sandy brown (jaisalmer teak), are used to¬†emphasize the cubic volumes that give this house its name and form its¬†most distinctive visible element.