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Alkove-Design imbues the cultural heritage of courtyards in the urban landscape of Bengaluru with a commitment to sustainability

Project name:
Courtyard House
Architecture firm:
Bengaluru, India
Parth Swaminathan, PHX India
Principal architect:
Komal Mittal, Ninada Kashyap
Design team:
Komal Mittal, Ninada Kashyap, Rutuja Ravindrakumar, Nikita Katole, Pranav Gawale
My Garden, Sunshine Boulevard
Interior design:
Built area:
3,037 ft²
Site area:
2,400 ft²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
My Garden
Bakkinath, Sreenivasulu
Tools used:
Escape, Lumion, SketchUp, AutoCAD
Bakkinath, Sreenivasulu
1. Unique Material Applications ● Exterior Walls: CSEB (Compressed stabilised earth blocks) Bricks with Varnish ● Internal Walls: Red Bricks ● Flooring: Attangudi Tiles, Green Marble, Yellow Jaisalmer Stone, Grey Sadarahalli Granite, Teak Wood Flooring ● Central Columns: Wooden Columns ● Louvered Wardrobe Shutters: Teak Wood ● Roofing: Clay Tiles ● Bath flooring: Sadarhalli Stone ● Curtains: S N Fabrics, Voyage Maison ● Kitchen Surface: Kalinga Stone ● Kitchen Sink: Nirali ● Kitchen Hardware: Hafele ● Kitchen Chimney: Elica ● Kitchen Chimney: Min Appliances ● Designer Fans: Orient ● Digital Locks: Delta Home ● Ply: Archidply ● Laminates: Royal Touche, Merino
Rs 4000 - 5000 per sq.ft.
Srikanth Kalyani, Nandini Srikanth
Residential › House

Evoking the comfort and appreciation towards childhood memories of traditional homes in the modern context, Ninada Kashyap and Komal Mittal, Co-founders and Principal Architects of Alcove-Design's greatly Indian and obscurely contemporary home in Uttarahalli, Bengaluru is a welcome respite from the concrete forms of the urban jungle. The ethos of striking a balance lies in a clever mix of traditions while delivering 21st-century amenities in a space. The ‘Courtyard House’ is designed around one of the most essential elements of conventional Indian homes — the courtyard. Situated away from the city’s hustle and bustle, this 3,788 sq ft three-bedroom home is an outcome of the owner’s recollection of their grandparents’ home. The desire to imbue the cultural heritage of courtyards in a modern landscape commenced the odyssey of this home.

The house is accessed through a driveway on both sides. Acknowledging the auspiciousness of Tulsi, the plant is placed in the middle of an open to sky court. This leads to the main entrance and lends the house an organic feel. The courtyard not only elevates the traditional aesthetics but also helps in heating and cooling the house by allowing natural ventilation in the summer and retaining solar heat in the winter. Plants and trees have been planted in the garden surrounding the periphery of the house to maintain privacy.

A blend of traditional handmade Athangudi and Jaisalmer tiles along with green marble throughout the house pervades the home with a pop of colour. The bungalow has a mandir, kitchen, and living room, along with two private bedrooms on the ground floor. Upon entrance, the kitchen and dining flank one side of the double-heighted courtyard, while the living room takes over the other. Crafted on site, the sofa and dining table along with the courtyard swing and pillars in wood enhance the mood of the space. A combination of local Sadarahalli stone and Athangudi tiles make the courtyards visually appealing and durable. Since the house is bound by other homes on all sides, the courtyard serves as a private outdoor space. A rectangular skylight above it provides ample natural light inside the house and creates a bright atmosphere throughout the day.

A private retreat, the first floor is occupied by the master bedroom and a family room. Conventional and simple wooden four poster bed with the bright bed covering furnishes a soothing milieu in the bedroom. An open terrace area adjacent to the family room includes a partially covered outdoor seating arrangement separated through glass and wooden doors. In addition, sustainability was also a high priority for the project. The selection of eco-friendly building materials reduced energy consumption and minimised the carbon footprint. Solar-powered energy systems and cross-ventilation minimise the environmental impact and provide long-term cost savings.

The design and execution of this home followed a comprehensive process from concept to completion. “We wanted to evoke a sense of belonging and connectedness with nature where traditional setups can co-exist. The centrepiece of the house is the internal courtyard, known as ‘Thotti Mane’ in Kannada, that harmonises with the surroundings and serves as a central gathering place for family and friends. The experience of visiting this home is likely to leave a lasting impression on all, as it showcases the potential of sustainable design in creating a functional, and eco-friendly living space.” says Ninada Kashyap and Komal Mittal, Co-Founders and Principal Architects of Alkove-Design. Many traditional Indian homes blend indoor and outdoor spaces, and the ‘Courtyard House’ is a perfect example of a tranquil space that achieves this goal with a commitment to both sustainability and traditional design.


Founded in 2013 by Architect-Duo Komal Mittal and Ninada Kashyap, Alkove-Design was started on the mutual belief that both architecture and design are a fusion of form & function, intuition & discipline, empathy & method, and imagination & materiality. Both Komal and Ninada bring to each project their instinctive understanding of spaces and their unerring eye for detail. Their design philosophy is driven by a deep respect for craftsmanship and context. Having worked on a wide range of projects, the duo have together acquired the expertise to provide architecture and design solutions for both residential as well as commercial projects.

Through their projects, Alkove embraces craft passed through generations and state-of-the-art technology. The firm prides itself in using both wood-work as well as 3D-laser cut machines. Hand-drawn and software-based models are paired together to build designs to meet client functions and needs. The firm caters not only to the harmony moulded by colours and textures but also ensures that design spaces inhabit culture and tradition as well.

As a crew of young architects, the firm maintains a transparent work culture and the team formulates new concepts and designs over their mutual love for coffee. The firm has carved a niche for itself with its range of contemporary and innovative projects guided by a strong dedication towards commitment and team work. What once started out as a dream, Alkove-Design is now a community of architects, designers, craftsmen, vendors, and contractors who collectively try to bring a sense of cohesiveness to spaces for their clients to live, work and flourish in.

By Liliana Alvarez

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