Vastu: A Traditional Hindu Approach to a Modern Home

Vastu: A Traditional Hindu Approach to a Modern Home

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Aaron Able
Jul 14, 2010

In this unique home in Bangalore, India, the architects at Khosla Associates were asked to strictly apply the rules of Vastu Shasta in the design — traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments. According to the architects, the Vatsu requirements dictating the very specific locations of various spaces proved to the be the most difficult part of the design — but the result is a marvelous play on views and natural light in a multi-leveled indoor and outdoor space that harmoniously flows from one area to the next.

In direct response to the place, Khosla Associates used large overhangs to protect residents from monsoons and heat of the sun when outdoors. The scale of the large home — 1,211 square meters — is broken up by the various terracing and setbacks in the design.

See more about Vastu on wikipedia. For floorplans and more images, see Contemporist | The Vastu House by Khosla Associates.

Images: Khosla Associates

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