This gorgeous green house was built in response to two central design issues: the family as a social unit and the environment. According to the New Delhi-based architects, Morphogenesis, "Its uniqueness lies in its response to the huge paradigm shift that is happening in India and represents its socio-cultural implications in a lasting format." We see this phenomenon of extended family co-habitation increasing as our culture becomes more aware of the economic and environmental benefits of living in a dense, communal setting. Fortunately, the House 2 project sets a fine example of how this can be done effectively and beautifully.
The House 2 residence multitasks as a house for three generations of a family, an architecture studio and a cultural gathering space.
"The planning, orientation, structure and materiality of the house respond to the essential passive energy efficient techniques suitable to the Delhi climate. It incorporates high thermal mass in the west, earth damping for the basement studios, landscape buffers on the south, and high performance surfaces on the east and a large cavity on the barrel roof as well as the lap pool which helps with heat absorption on the top terraces. The courtyard concept has been radically re-interpreted and along with landscape, earth, daylight simulators and carbon-dioxide sensors. There is an entire eco-system living and growing in the heart of the house."
Green details include natural building materials, low-VOC paints, low-flow plumbing fixtures, evaporative air-cooling, and high-efficiency windows.