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Five Top tips for ensuring your guest’s comfort

When you have someone coming to stay with you, it can often be a rush to put together somewhere for them to live and sleep during their visit. By having the perfect guest room already set up, you won‚Äôt have to worry! Read on to discover five top tips for ensuring your guest‚Äôs comfort. Choose your color palette wisely. While you may love neon prints and crazy colors, it may give your guest a headache. You may not be familiar with their tastes so use…

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Kshititi Nagarkar, Architect for the Healthcare Sector

Ms. Kshititi Nagarkar, an Architect in the pursuit of creating healing spaces, works along with her team to create aesthetic, sustainable and affordable facilities that help her doctor clients improve their practice and the well-being of their patients. An Architect from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai, Kshititi is among the very few Healthcare trained Architects in the country and has a rich experience of over 15 years in this field. A Masters of Architecture program at JJ took her to varied institutes of Healthcare…

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Cuboid House

2The 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 4forced 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.3This 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.