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House 91/4 in Panchkula, India by Studio Ardete

Project name:
House 91/4
Architecture firm:
Studio Ardete
Sector 4, Panchkula, Haryana, India
Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
Principal architect:
Badrinath Kaleru, Prerna Kaleru
Design team:
Badrinathkaleru, Prernakaleru, Sanchitdhiman, Nancy Mittal, Nisha Singh Sarao, Abhimanue Sharma, Dil Rattan Kaur Ghuman
Interior design:
Studio Ardete
Built area:
682 m²
Site area:
450 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Satish Singh Sinhamar (Studio Ardete)
Structural engineer:
Vikas Bhardwaj (Continental Foundation)
Environmental & MEP:
Electrical And Lighting Consultant: Tejinder Kalsi (The Luminar). Plumbing Consultant: Somnath Behera, Behera Associate
Studio Ardete
Tejinder Kalsi (The Luminar)
Mr. Naresh
Studio Ardete
Tools used:
AutoCAD, SketchUp, Lumion
Mr. Gyanchand Dhiman
Concrete, Steel, Glass, Wood, Stone
Mr.Munish Aggarwal
Residential › House

Studio Ardete: The project 91/4 is located facing a highway on a Peripheral sector of sec -4 Panchkula. It is a corner plot in an urban row house measuring 550Sq yards .

The Client being a hotelier wanted a house to be built for a small family of 4, A couple, two teenage children, occasionally visiting parents. Being a hotelier and having multiple hotels, Client wanted to keep the house private and most of the socializing activities would be out of the house. The House is primarily designed around the day to day activities of occupants.

The Ground floor consists of 2 bedrooms, one for guests and one for day room. The House is laid out around a long central courtyard. Courtyard also shields the privacy of formal and informal areas.

The formal area has a connection from the dining area which makes the guest access dining directly and also help serve the guest as a service door.

The kitchen living and dining form a long connected space in the north western part of the house, which keeps the occupants together most of the time. The corner road being narrow, long slit windows uniformly spaced on the living wall letting in the sunlight keeping the privacy from the street.

The Main bedrooms of the house is on the first floor in which one of the master bedrooms occupies the entire front of the house with a spacious closet and terrace along with a suite size room. If one looks on to the main courtyard which houses an art installation, it is a specifically designed act which offers views for strategic points around the courtyard. It has a water element which activates the courtyard and spaces around it.

The rear Bedroom and space outside the room acts as a lounge space for occasional closed families to get together. The space is Cozy to house 8 people with a small console Bar and a home theater.

The Bedroom is designed specifically like a lounge room which could have different age groups or the women of the house who prefer to sit in a separate space during the social gathering which is a part and culture of the family.

The main living floors are raised by 3’ taller making height about 13’ average below the false ceiling. The increased height makes the spaces look larger compared to conventional heights. They also help passive comfortable spaces keeping warm air on top, helping in Indian Climate.

The second floor primarily houses domestic help quarters and the main store of the house .The terrace splits into two levels. The higher one houses all the services and the lower one is kept to use as a terrace with plantation. It forms a nice space during morning in summer and evening day for winter sun. The materials used primarily needed lower maintenance keeping in as a view with the low frequency of the use of the terrace.

The façade is primarily bold and minimal. The angular wall in the façade is a reflection to make the elevation look broader than it is. Muted Colors such as white natural stone, Gray ceramic tiles and metallic copper finish blend to create a subtle contrast for the house.

The interior of the house has been planned to enhance the capture of sunlight with a subtle and muted color palette. The sunlight has been used as a major material along with all others, be it hard wood or soft furnishing. The mandir is positioned next to the courtyard wrapped in fabric around wooden rafters creating a soft and severe puja space of monolithic quality.

The use of distinct chandeliers and art works has been planted in all the space to bring life in the built volumes.

In all, the architecture eclecticism has been carried out to enhance the transitional relationship of space in a calm and serene yet playing boldly at focal location, to derive the balance between soul and silence of the space, generating a homely yet ecstatic look of overall feel satisfying thereby client’s taste and artistic nature of architects.


Believing that every problem has the capacity to inspire unique and creative solutions that motivate growth, the young duo of Badrinath Kaleru and Prerna Kaleru, founded Studio Ardete in the year 2010. Located in Chandigarh, India, the team at Studio Ardete aims to make each project they undertake, a study in logical and comprehensive designing.Their vision is to design spaces that would evolve into art, enriching the lives of people inhabiting them.

Not hesitating to take on even the most challenging of projects, they use modern construction and building methods to come up with designs that are at par with the most accomplished practices in the world. Ardete incorporates new techniques like parametric modeling and customized design elements, unique to each project they take on, striving to use materials available on site to make the projects sustainable. They work closely with the clients to understand their requirements and engage them in the design process, making them an intrinsic part of it.

Working on projects ranging from architecture to interiors, the architects at Ardete are always motivated to transform what is regular and conventional and flirt with the boundaries of art in architecture. Careful deliberation is employed at each step of process for building the project. In the urban and economic scenario today, that dictates most of the construction and architectural practices, Ardete attempts to erase the divide between practicality and innovation. Each project, regardless of the scale is considered complete in itself and attention is given to each and every detail.

With a passion for creating something distinctive and a taste for experimentation, Studio Ardete has completed various projects in India and abroad. Having designed in parts of Asia and Europe, including Japan, Italy and France, they believe in a wider, more analytical approach. They have also been published in various national and international architecture and design magazines and online portals, besides being the finalists for the WAF, 2015 and Runners-Up for AR Design Awards, Finalist for World Architecture Festival  (WAF 2017),Euro Shop retail design award 2017 and Silver winner for FOAID-2017,FOAID-2018,FOAID-2019,FOAID-2020,NDTV Grohe Awards for best washroom design. Smart Green Awards 2018 for best washrooms design.Shortlist BAVILION for WAF-2018 underProduction Energy and Recycling, Eurasian Prize Awards 2018, The Architecture Masterprize 2018,Eurasian prize 2020.

By Liliana Alvarez

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