Located in Ahmedabad, Mumbai India, the architecture deploys strategies to mitigate the intense heat. Designed by SPASM Architects, an organic plan bound by massive rammed earth walls with high thermal mass, and courtyards with vertical pivoting wooden louvers, top hung windows with mesh inserts keeps out mosquitoes and allows natural cooling.
Apart from these measures, sprinklers activate on timers to humidify the courtyards which are all planted with ferns, monsteras and other plant species. Pre-existing trees, and a large lawn, directed exact positioning of the built form, the lower level weaves around the existing trees, retaining all 284 of them.
The upper storey is resolved with a skim of corten, which hangs off the internal structure, creating a ventilated façade, to absorb the heat and release air circulation behind them, reducing heat gain of the inner structure and spaces.