The Owl House, designed by its owners architects Sidharth Khatri and Mitali Kedia, sits gently in a forested region near Jaipur, integrating light and nature in the soothing, peaceful spatial experience.
Excitement is precisely the emotion architects Sidharth Khatri and Mitali Kedia, founders of young 2017-born practice Delhi Collective, experienced when they visited the site of their family’s vacation home — a plot situated in a wildlife corridor between Sariska Forest and Jhalana Forest, Jaipur. “The site has wonderful views of the Aravalli hills to the west and forest views on all other sides,” Sidharth tells us. “The plot was bought looking at its location and what all it had to offer in terms of its surroundings.”
The brief the young professionals gave themselves while ‘capturing their own emotions in space’, was to create a simple, rustic and budgeted house. “We wanted a home rooted in tradition but forward thinking in design. We are avid nature-lovers and wanted a quiet house within the forest,” they narrate. The concept was to create a simple floor plan that opened up to the landscape while capturing views of its surroundings. The form of the house, says Mitali, was derived from the site. “The site is a skewed rectangle with a narrow front and back. This allowed us to design a linear floor plan leaving offsets from all sides. The overall elevation was a simple extrusion of the plan-form with a play of plaster and paint finishes with stone accents,” says the Master in Urban Design, UCL, London, who is currently pursuing a PhD from Monash University, Melbourne.
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