20 January, 2021

The House On 40 Sq Yards

The House On 40 Sq Yards

THE brief to architect Revathi Kamath from Nalin Tomar, a dealer in old textiles in Delhi's Hauz Khas Village, was simple: he wanted a practical house which had at least two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, study, kitchen and two servants' quarters with a bathroom. Nothing complicated about that, except that his plot of land overlooking the Hauz Khas monument measured all of 40 sq yards.

With its Badarpur stone facade, the house Kamath designed is in continuum with the architecture of the monument down to the smallest cornice, column and lines of the dome. She has used the ancient Egyptian tree-of-life motif in the grills, floor pattern, lintels and the arches, to give the house a flow.

The approach to the house is through a 5-feet-wide lane. The ornately-carved entrance door opens into a narrow hallway and a sandstone and wood staircase just two-and-a-half-feet wide. A black thick twisted silk cord serves for a banister that runs through all levels of the house. This staircase width lays down the basic guideline for the furniture....



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