Scalloped walls shade interior of family home in India by Sanjay Puri Architects

Mirai House of Arches is a sculptural home in India that was designed by Sanjay Puri Architects

Scalloped walls finished in earth-coloured plaster wrap an airy interior filled with arches at this home in Bhilwara, India, designed by Mumbai-based studio Sanjay Puri Architects.

Called Mirai House of Arches, the hosue was designed for three generations living together and is located on a small corner plot bordered by roads to the south and gardens to the north.

In order to mitigate heat gain in the hot Rajasthan climate, the living spaces were wrapped in a sculptural second skin with a wave-like form, creating cooler interstitial spaces that are accessed through large, arched openings.

Exterior image of Mirai House of Arches behind trees
Mirai House of Arches was designed by Sanjay Puri Architects

“A curvilinear, punctuated envelope surrounds the house, creating interstitial, semi-open spaces all along the perimeter, with deeper recesses on the garden-facing sides,” explained the studio.

“This envelope reduces the heat gain substantially while providing sheltered open spaces around the house to each room,” it continued.

Inside, spaces were organised around a central corridor running east to west that divides the home, featuring a small pool of water at one end on the ground floor.

Exterior image of a person stood next to Mirai House of Arches
The home is made up of a series of arches

Living, dining and kitchen spaces, as well as the main bedroom, occupy the ground floor, with three further bedrooms on the first floor and a study and gym on the floor above.

Depending on the use, these spaces have been designed with different ceiling heights, with open, double-height living and dining spaces contrasted by smaller bedrooms.

The upper levels have been set back to create shaded terraces and balconies, finished with wooden decking and sheltered by slatted canopies.

“The house is contextual to its surroundings, the climate and the owner’s needs, resulting in a play of open, enclosed and semi-enclosed spaces at every level,” said the studio.

“Sectionally, the heights are varied with an interesting play of volumes in each part of the house, including bedrooms of a single volume, a dining area of double volume and a living area of an intermediate 1.5 level volume.”

Interior image of a living space at Mirai House of Arches
The interior has different ceiling heights

Continuing the forms seen on the exterior, rooms are separated by arched openings, framing layered views through the home and also aiding natural ventilation.

Earthy tones of stone, wood and plaster define the interior palette, making use of locally-sourced materials and finishes.

Image of arches leading to a garden
The home was clad in a red-hued render

Founded in 1992, Sanjay Puri Architects often takes a highly context-specific approach when designing projects across India.

These have recently included a a housing complex in Raipur featuring colourful volumes with protruding box balconies, and a school in Rajasthan with deep red walls to provide shade for its classrooms.

Photography is by Dinesh Mehta.

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