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Location: Racharda, Gujarat, India

Project size: 10,350 square feet

Program: Located on a subdivision in the outskirts of Ahmedabad, this open-plan, four-bedroom house for a father and son is an amalgam of courtyards and semi-open verandas.

Design Solution: Taking inspiration from the traditional haveli of Ahmedabad, this dwelling is organized around a central courtyard. A series of peripheral courts—one at the entry, near the dining area, and around the pool—diverge from the house’s historical precedent and lend it a contemporary expression.

On the ground floor, a study, kitchen and dining area, living area, the primary bedroom, and two additional bedrooms are situated around the central courtyard. On the upper floor, there is space for entertaining, another guest bedroom, and terraces overlooking verdant gardens. Though the verandas are open air, the central court and pool court both have operable roofs.

Structure and Materials: Walls are made of board-formed concrete with a lime coat and wood paneling, while roughened black Marquina marble flooring is found through much of the house. In the central court, lava stone is underfoot. The interior has a mix of Western contemporary furniture and customized Indian contemporary furniture. 

Additional Information
Completion date: December 2022
Site size in acres: 0.23
Total construction cost: Withheld
Client/Owner: Tejas Shah

Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Photos © Karan Gajjar (The Space Tracing Company)

Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Birdseye, Terrapin interior.


Images courtesy Modo Designs


Modo Designs
Arpan Shah
Titanium Square, Near Thaltej Chowkdi, Sarkhej - Gandhinagar Hwy, Patel Society, Jai Ambe Nagar
Thaltej, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015

Personnel in the firm who should receive special credit:
Principal: Arpan Shah

Associate Architect:
Jaydeep Rathod

Interior designer:
Studio In Dtale

Structural: P Cube Consultants

Landscape: Landscapes India

General contractor:
Unicon Buildscape

Karan Gajjar (The Space Tracing Company)


Exterior Cladding
Masonry: Brick and mortar
Metal panels: MS Fabrication
Wood: Seasoned Valsadi wood
Other cladding unique to this project: Exposed ply-shuttering concrete

Built-up roofing: Exposed ply-shuttering concrete

Wood frame: Seasoned Valsadi wood

Entrances: Saag wood
Sliding doors: Valsadi wood
Fire-control doors, security grilles: MS grills
Upswinging doors, other: Sliding wooden doors

Interior Finishes
Demountable partitions: Wood and rattan pivot partitions 
Floor and wall tile: Black Marquina marble (leather finish and river finish)

Upholstery: Anektaanka
Other furniture: Ritzwell, kbp interior projects, Cattelanitalia, Ennefurniture, Morii Design

Interior ambient lighting: Henge

Product: Kohler, Gessi India